Just spent an hour checking through the 1000 word section of the EMA I’ve chosen to send in for TMA06 (it only needs to be in draft, so no final spit and polish yet), but instead of sending it off I decided to post it to the Tutor Group Forum. Now I have, I’m in a state of shock. This is the first TMA I’ve posted up. Somehow, it doesn’t seem quite right that we can share these pieces. I find that reading other students’ work that they are going to submit for an assignment feels a bit like cheating! Posting activities from the course book was OK, but interest from the group in doing that waned after the first few weeks so I gave up as well. But it’s out there now, and in about fifteen minutes I won’t be able to delete it and change my mind. I’m not expecting much in the way of critiques, since the assignment is due in next Thursday and everyone will have their heads down doing their own thing. But if anyone does find the time to offer advice that will be useful input for the actual EMA.
The Very Important TMA05 still hasn’t come back, although there’s been a message from my tutor to say that he’s been busy again, but hopes to squeeze in some marking over the weekend. So, hopefully it will come back early next week.
The end of A363 is now in sight, so I’ve been looking at what to do next. There are two ‘English’ courses which look to be fun: E301 The Art of English, and E303 English Grammar in Context. For me, the second will be easier since it takes a technical view of the English language and there is a fair bit of linguistic analysis involved. That appeals to my engineering mind. The Art of English, on the other hand, examines the different ways that English is used in a variety of situations and in a diverse range of media. BUT, the TMAs are, without exception, ess…, ess…, ess… you see, I can’t even say the word, *deep breath* essays. I don’t mind writing them, but I haven’t had much practice lately, and the technical analysis of E303 sounds more appealing. If anyone out there has completed either of these courses I’d be grateful for some advice.
Just in case anyone’s following my non-OU jottings, I managed to remove the bathroom tiles without cracking any and have repaired the leaking joint. And the front garden fences have all been treated with creocote (not a spelling mistake, it’s a kinder form of creosote!). It hasn’t done the tennis elbow much good, but not taking advantage of this week’s fabulous weather would have been a bit silly.
So, where am I? I’ll wait until Wednesday to see if there is any feedback from the TGF on my TMA06, and then send it off a day early. In the meantime, I need to carry on writing the EMA. About 1500 words to go, including settling upon the all-important ending. I have three in mind, so can’t even toss a coin to decide!