Produce a narrative about your own experience with acquiring literacy in a specific and/or unique
culture. Within this narrative, you must also write about the texts that are significant in
your experience with acquiring, understanding and participating in literacy practices in the
specific and/or unique culture. This essay must be research-based and include at least
FIVE (5) peer-reviewed journal articles that deal with your chosen literacy. This essay
should also focus on your own learning process and the insight that comes from reflecting
upon your acquisition of literacy in terms of reading, writing, critically thinking as well as
the textual sources that inform your learning process within this specific culture.
Essentially, some questions you may want to ask yourself in writing this essay are:
1 – How did you come across this particular culture?
2 – How did you acquire literacy within this culture?
3 – How did you begin to understand how to read and/or write within this culture?
4 – What are the significant texts that were influential in you acquiring literacy within this
culture? Describe what these texts are about in your own words.
5 – How did you find these texts? Did someone point them out to you, or did you discover
them on your own? Why are they so significant to gaining literacy in your specific
6 – What are the triumphs and failures involved in learning how to read, write, speak and
critically think when it comes to the “formal English language” in comparison to the
culture you’ve chosen?
7 – What are the potential difficulties of acquiring Standard American English either
before, during or after acquiring another language within the culture you’re writing
England had created a romantic image of the South Seas that fuelled the desire for its annexation, by idealising it with stereotypes of everything that England wasn’t, centred around Tahiti. Where Englishmen felt their country was repressive, Tahiti was perceived as sexually permissive. Where England’s climate often prompted suffering in the winters and required hard toil to produce food, Tahiti was perceived as plentiful. The arrival of the English destroyed much of what they had found so attractive through the arrival of gunpowder, diseases such as smallpox and syphilis against which the locals were defenceless, tobacco and alcohol, destroying communities. It has been estimated that within ten years of the arrival of Europeans, close to 90% of the Polynesian population were wiped out, while the Aboriginal population plummeted from over 300,000 to around 80,000 in 1889, and the Maori population had dwindled to 40,000 by the beginning of the 20th century, counting for just 1/15 New Zealanders. (2) To counter a popular misconception, however, this forceful imposition of English culture upon the islands was not the voyagers’ original intention. When Cook embarked on his first voyage in 1768, he received two sets of instructions from the admiralty. The first, relating to the observation of the Transit of Venus, gave the voyage a purpose. The second were opportunistic, and rarely discussed. These instructed Cook to “make discovery of” the southern landmass Terra Australis (appendix F), and to take possession of it if uninhabited. If not, the crew were to show the indigenous population “every kind of Civility and Regard”, reinforced by a letter from the 14th Earl of Morton, President of the Royal Society in London, who had organised the expedition (appendix G). The voyage was intended to be the perfect representation of the Enlightenment, furthering scientific research and uncovering the secrets of the last unknown quarter of the world, not one of violence and plunder. It is therefore clear that these instructions were disregarded when Cook’s expedition reached their destination, engaging in violence on numerous occasions. Aside from trade, at no point were these first encounters positive for the indigenous people.>GET ANSWER