Instructional Resources: Folium Task Guide

Instructional Resources: Folium Task Guide

Folium Task – Directions / Handout

Additional Resources

Definition of “introspection”.

Introspection (or internal perception) is the self-examination of one’s conscious thoughts and feelings. In psychology, the process of introspection relies exclusively on the purposeful and rational self-observation of one’s mental state; however, introspection is sometimes referenced in a spiritual context as the examination of one’s soul. Introspection is closely related to the philosophical concept of human self-reflection, and is contrasted with external observation (Wikipedia).

Definition of “Human self-reflection”.

Human self-reflection is the capacity of humans to exercise introspection and the willingness to learn more about their fundamental nature, purpose and essence. The earliest historical records demonstrate the great interest which humanity has had in itself. Human self-reflection invariably leads to inquiry into the human condition and the essence of humankind as a whole (Wikipedia).

General Writing Tips For Folium Responses

1. Writing the phrase “I don’t know” or “I’m not sure” gives the reader the impression that you really haven’t taken the time to consider the content of the reading or what it means to you. Stay away from those phrases!

2. Make bold statements! This isn’t a right vs. wrong answer! Tell us what you think, and do so proudly! Uncertainty leads to doubt, and don’t make the reader think that you doubt yourself!

3. Don’t make broad general statements. “Languages are good”. We already know this! Tell us how and why these ideas in the article relate to YOU on a personal level. If you’re an engineer, scientist, programmer, mechanic, writer, nurse, then why should YOU care?

Examples From Previous Students

Note how this student broke the task down, and then used a mix of personal reflections and experiences to consider how this article could impact her future.

1. For this week’s Folium post I read the article “Make It Count” via YouTube/Nike. I’m Nike fan, so that is why this article caught my interest. I loved every second of that video. For me, I think it accomplished everything that it was meant to: motivation and inspiration. I was smiling through most of it, and wishing I could be doing all the things that they were.

2. I supposed what I learned, when I really stopped to think about it, was that I can do those things. What is holding me back? Time? Money? Where there is a will and a way. I want to do those things, and I will someday, and I don’t want to be too scared to do them. Motivation and inspiration are two things that you can never have enough of. Most of the time we are looking for personal motivation and inspiration, but often times we forget that we can motivate or inspire others! What could be more motivating or inspiring then that!

3. This article can help me do what I want to do. Maybe it could be that one thing that gives me that extra push just to do something. There’s so much more out there. Alot of the time, I forget that there’s alot out there even just right out my door that I have yet to discover. Perhaps even just one more point of view, one more extra thought can be the key to help me look outside the box.

Note how this student’s passion is clearly evident through their writing. This topic was well-pondered and considered before the student began to write. The use of personal experiences is woven throughout the piece. While definitely longer than required, you can tell that writing this reflection was not a chore for the student. It resonated with him, and he cleared his mind to express himself.

1. I found myself immediately interested in reading this article.  This is because I lived in Japan for ten years and had many interesting experiences acquiring the Japanese language.  Consequently, I have become very interested in how people learn a second language.  I also witnessed my children acquiring both Japanese and English.  Their native language is Japanese but it was interesting to see them acquire English from me.  They learned Japanese from their Japanese mother and English from me.  Actually, my children never spoke English to me.  I would speak English to them and they would respond in Japanese.

2. What I learned most from this article is that research does seem to show that learning a foreign language is good exercise for the brain.  People who are bilingual tend to be free of dementia and other infirmities of old age.  I think other evidence of this is that most of my professors have lived long and productive lives due to their academic interests.  I have met many of them after being taught by them 40 years ago.  They are in their 70s and 80s and quite sound mentally. (Student continues on…)

3. I will now mention how the article has helped me with future life choices.  I would say that in the future I would always advise somebody who has a bilingual child to realize that they have a treasure.  Allow the child to take advantage of his/her of her bilingual heritage.  Encourage their children to stay in contact with the rich bilingual heritage which is theirs.  They will see their child grow into a very talented and wholesome adult.  An adult who can bridge two cultures, and will be without a lot of ethnocentric qualities.  In short, an educated open-minded individual.

This is a more philosophical example of a Folium response. The topic was still well pondered, AND it is clearly evident that the student read/explored the additional resources at the end of the article. Reading the “Resources” at the end of Folium articles will greatly increase your knowledge and understanding of the article, and is highly recommended.

1. This week I have read the post “Folium: Plato’s Allegory of the Cave… and Languages!” This article was very captivating. It’s a very interesting concept that makes complete sense, but one that most people wouldn’t think of themselves without having it explained to them first. The scary thing about this, is that it makes you wondering how much of your life, and how much of what you know is a mere shadow of reality.

2. We are so blind and ignorant of so many things because we have never actually seen through another’s eyes. We may have been introduced to a glance of another’s perspective, but how often do we take the time to understand it? This is one of the biggest faults of the human race, and it all has to do with selfishness. Most of the time, we fail to see someone else’s perspective, because we don’t care, perhaps we are scared, or just simply because we don’t want to step outside of our comfort zones.

3. This article can help me to see the truth in striving for the right perception. By right perception, I mean the perception that holds the most truth. How can we know what truth is? The more that we seek and research something, the more we know, and the better we can place our judgement.

(rev. 19 APRIL 2018)