OK - it might be a bit of a culture shock, but there is a big difference between being a bit inadequate from lack of preparation and totally floundering because information and dates have not been made available to you. It is almost as if Unis ride on the fact that little college satellites have to keep up, as they have bestowed on them the right to do these courses. You owe us a favour by deigning to let you through the door.
Some also have found that their essay writing skills have had to change. Many have relied on their innate ability to be able to write, then finding that it all becomes unraveled mid-dissertation. I must admit that I have fell foul to that mid Access and occasionally this year too - I tend to plan mine now.
Therefore, today is reading the last of A Passage to India notes and the assignment plan so far is thus:
The environment - jungle/city/caves
· Non-threatening – monkeys
· Threatening – snakes, big cats, spiders,insects
The weather system – extreme heat/monsoons
English versus Indian
The class/caste system
· English – Clubs & Churches
· Indians – Mosques & Temples
(Ghettoes on both sides)
No inter-relations - vast assumptions made on both sides
No understanding of culture = continual communication breakdowns (intentional and unintentional)
Vast caricatures evolve on both sides