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Finals #2: Ethnomethodology

This week I’m facing the finals of the last year of Basic English Linguistics and Didactics studies. Two birds with one stone, I’m going to write about the exams as a resume for preparing to the modules, as a personal comment on the level and as a whole impression of the year or three years…
The second final exam is going to be ethnomethodological studies that is also a main module with max credits; however, it is only a slight introductive subject.

Ethnomethodlogy is a branch of sociology that studies the pragmatic elements in people’s speech. In other words, it takes to analysis real life conversations in different situations, looking for the social rules that build up the construction of common sense. The ETM is related to Harold Garfinkle(1967) who came up with the concept of breaching which is violation of social rules. Breaching creates social disorders such as “asking stupid questions” or in opposite “playing Captain Obvious, explaining obvious things”. Overall, this is a practical side of sociology in a psycholinguistic aspect.

ETM is mentioned with Conversational Analysis that is developed from ETM by the studies of Sacks, Schegloff and Jefferson. C.A. is the study of devices and techniques used by participants in producing and interpreting social events like telling a story or a joke. The most dominant and effective device in organizing interaction is seen
in the sequential organization of turn-taking which reflects the participation of all parties in structuring the interaction. In turn-taking, the Transitional Relevance Position indicates the end of a turn that is characterized by such techniques as silence, adjuncy pairs, pre-sequence or insertion sequence.
For example, there are three types of silence in terms of turn-taking:

  • A pause: when C selects N as next speaker
  • A gap: when C stops for a moment an N self select himself
  • A lapse: when no next speaker is selected and no one self-selects himself that means the end of the conversation for a moment.

This is ethnomethodology in a nutshell, I hope you’ve understood as well as I hope that I myself have understood it. Hahaha

By the way, I have a little background scandal for this matière:
The modul was built on the last semester’s Neurolinguistic Programming whose teacher should have continued with us, BUT! How funny it is that a teacher who is teaching us the creation of mental reality and common sense, cannot deal with a group of students correctly! That teacher had 3 groups and she outraged all of them one by one, giving ridiculous grades. Indeed, her sessions themselves were outrageous with talking about her bullet-headed son and the tragedy of being a housewife. Pff.
Then, she tried to play the smart-ass on the day of correction telling the groups one by one that they are nothing and their English is screwed up (yes, she insults). This went until the day when my group’s turn came…
The students turned the correction day out into a comedy show since the grades were a joke, the teacher was a joke, the classroom was a joke (on the wall: f her in the p*ssy) and what’s more?! Hahaha..
Finally, she got angry and told us if we’re not interested just leave… We left. Hahaha.
Right after, she went to the administration with a lie that we insulted her and we were arguing with her… No. No such thing. We were ingoring her as she did with us.
Briefly, she couldn’t teach us anymore “because of medical issues”. Of what? Shame of failure?
This was a beautiful example of JUSTICE students got after that a teacher violated the rules. :3

Well, for now that’s all. The next exam is going to be Textbook Evaluation at 13.00.

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