English for Journalists; Chapter 5 – Spelling
Review: This question is confusing. Funnily enough, it falls under the “confusions” category in the textbook. I obviously read the question wrong, as it claims that the question asked is true. The textbook claims words are misspelled because they’re confused with a shorter one that sounds the same.
Review: This is where spelling aggravates me. I don’t understand how and why it was necessary when developing the english language, to change the same word when it is a plural. If lady changes to ladies, and penny to pennies, why doesn’t monkey become monkies. I know that this is english law, but I just don’t understand how it came about or why it was necessary.
Review: I couldn’t see anything in the textbook regarding this, so I googled it. According to The Grammar Monster, ‘principal is an official, whereas principle is a rule or code of conduct’ (2015, p.1). Going off this example, I chose B as the correct answer. However, after examining the feedback for the question, I understand the slight difference in how the question was worded and where I went wrong.
Reflection: Spelling is an area I’m confident in, and I believe that I am a good at spelling. However this quiz didn’t really have much to do with testing spelling as it did practices from the textbook. For my first attempt, I scored 07/10. I was relieved when I saw that none of these incorrect answers were to do with spelling mistakes. I believe my biggest issue is not reading the question thoroughly and understanding what it asks for.
English for Journalists; Chapter 8 – Style
Review: In hindsight ‘the needs of the reader’ does make sense as the correct answer. All of the elements listed are critical for writing a well-written piece, however the readers needs may emphasise a focus point for the story.
Reflection: I am very happy with the score of this quiz. It makes me happy when I only get a few questions wrong because it makes me believe that what I’m reading is sinking in.
CQUniversity 2015, COMM11007 – Blog Activity Week 7 – Spelling, CQUniversity, Mackay.
CQUniversity 2015, COMM11007 – Blog Activity Week 7 – Style, CQUniversity, Mackay.
Grammar Monster n.d, ‘Principal and principle – the difference’, viewed on 13 September 2015, http://www.grammar-monster.com/easily_confused/principal_principle.htm
Hicks, J 2013, English for Journalists, 20th anniversary ed., Routledge, Oxon.