I have been studying all afternoon.I am ahead so far on my course planner and am enjoying working my way through. At the moment ( well, obviously not right at the moment ) I am reading Far from the Madding Crowd - nearly finished it. I am also reading the course texts on The Nineteenth Century Novel - Realisms and listening to the CD's that come with the course.
To be honest, having listened for an hour to the CD I am close to dozing off. I took notes, but really... a lot of the content was, it would seem to me, more about the academics involved enjoying the sounds of their own voices rather than saying anything particularly worthwhile.People who speak in sentences that just drift on forever need to learn to be succinct. Think what you want to say and say it - don't just keep talking because you can.Drives me mad!!
Another thing that drives me mad, this time on the other side of the coin, is people who cannot spell and seem to take pride in not doing the work required for the course they are on.Looking at the forums set up by the OU I am constantly amazed by the number of people who blithely admit to not having read any of the set novels, or who consider watching the film of a novel on tv, enough.
For goodness sake... this is a level 3 course ( equivalent to the third year of a university course ) in literature. Surely to goodness over the course of your life you must have read some of these books before?? They are absolute classics. Of course few people will have read all of them before... but surely some of them??
Reading the forums I quake at the spelling mistakes e.g choclet for chocolate. Aaaaaaaagh!!
And that's another thing - while I am on a roll. Teachers.... Surely to goodness teachers should be able to spell and have a knowledge of grammar? Over the years I have watched as teachers make hideous spelling mistakes and general knowledge gaffes - telling classes that 'another name for an octopus is a squid'.... Heaven to Betsy.....
Ok... I know I sound like a demented prig, but it does get my goat... I am slightly obsessive about grammar. I even text in a grammatically correct fashion.Yes... I am a nerd, and an intolerant nerd at that.I had better read through this and check for mistakes....