The Stories We Live By

a free online course in ecolinguistics

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Please fill in the box to give comments about the course and its impact on your life or work. We will use the comments in research about the impact of ecolinguistics and may include them (anonymously) in reports. Below is a selection of comments about the course we have collected so far from various places, sometimes abbreviated. Thank you!


Comments Received

  • This is fantastic material.

  • This is one of the best and pragmatic online courses anybody can think of. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity.

  • What a great thing to do! I love what I have seen so far.

  • This is the perfect course for me to explore ideas and gauge how I can start to frame my research.

  • The first part refreshes me so much and brings me a brand new understanding of Ecolinguistics, which is no longer only a metaphorical term to me now.

  • I am deeply impressed. The materials are really very good for beginners.

  • This online course is great! There are so many wonderful materials.

  • Really enjoying the course so far. I have a degree in Linguistics and I am passionate about the environment so this brings the two loves of my academic life together.

  • The first video is great!

  • Many many thanks for this extraordinary initiative

  • Part 1 is useful for my work in cultural values and opens a path to bringing together my deep ecology ecosophy with my current academic work.  

  • I couldn't ask for a better course. I already feel at home.

  • The website and all the resources look wonderful. I am excited to learn more about ecolinguistics.

  • I am thankful for the great tutors who committed their time to guide me through some issues that I didn't understand.

  • The materials are really good and useful. I am impressed.  

  • This is just great! I am happy to enhance my understanding of ecolinguistics from this guided online course.

  • Part 1 is a true eye-opener. Linguistic features that are seemingly mundane and 'common sense' are highlighted to reveal dominant ideologies.

  • Very intuitive and cohesive. It makes such good sense and expresses what I have been trying to say for some time!

  • This course has made me realize how important and effective language is on our environment.

  • I really enjoyed reading the extra course materials as they clearly illustrate how CDA can also reveal oppressive relationships towards the more-than-human world.

  • This is wonderful! Thanks a lot for this great initiative!

  • This brings together my two interests perfectly. I am fascinated with the idea of how to persuade people to discuss and face up to impending ecological disaster.

  • Great thoughts. I am happy to be on this course.

  • Students of mine need to be introduced to this to help them widen their horizons of how language constitutes an indispensable part of their life and is inseparable from the nature they live in.

  • The course is really helpful whether you are an expert in the field or not.

  • The course encourages me to read more and more about the topic. Ecolinguistics is very appealing,

  • The course is a wonderful resource that will be really positive in promoting the fantastic work that the International Ecolinguistics Association does.

  • The haiku reading enlightened me. I never expected such hidden meanings could be found in haiku.

  • It was very useful to be introduced to the terms Problem - with its inherent promise of solution - and Predicament -which calls for very different ways of thinking and being.

  • A fabulous opportunity to integrate my doctoral research in sociolinguistics and CDA with ecology

  • I loved the suggestions of places to look for new stories to live by.

  • Thank you for the wonderful video in part 1 in which the topics of ecolinguistics are presented by using examples from everyday life. I also love the answers given by your students.

  • Very intuitive and cohesive. It makes such good sense and expresses what I have been trying to say for some time!

  • Very enlightening in terms of igniting awareness.

  • I always walk away from lessons glowing with happiness because of the appreciation of the world around us.

  • Ecolinguistics is very relevant to life now and after graduation, it’s surprising how much.

  • Fascinating, it made me think more deeply.

  • Increased my understanding of how society and the media influence the world around me

  • Opened my eyes to seeing the world in a different, more appreciative way. This makes me happy.

  • Helped me look at things in a new way and question a lot of the things we take for granted.

  • I am more conscious of my own impact on the environment.

  • It enhances interest in nature making me appreciate things I would have previously not noticed.

  • I will be more aware of what products I am buying in the future,

  • Made me look at the world very differently in relation to ecology and my place in the world.

  • Enjoying it greatly.

  • Really like the assessment and the freedom to get my teeth into something I feel passionate about.

  • It definitely changed how I look at things around me.

  • Attention is kept riveted throughout class.

  • I found out something interesting about nature and being human.

  • Makes us consider areas of life not previously thought about.

  • Unique perspective of the world that I otherwise would never have experienced.

  • I now view advertisements and texts in different ways.

  • I will take more care in everything, start a more sustainable lifestyle.

  • It caused me to look at ways to change the world.

  • It’s making me more aware of the world around me.

  • It has made me take notice of the effects on the environment of language used in a range of discourses that I wouldn’t have noticed otherwise

  • Incredibly interesting and is opening my eyes, very engaging.

  • Very interesting and relevant to our lives and future careers.

  • Really encourages me to think outside the box.

  • Helped me to be more open minded about my surroundings.

  • It made me think more about the environment and what I can do to help.

  • I think EVERYONE should take this module

  • It has changed the way I read.

  • Very interesting as it encourages us to look at the world from different perspectives.

  • I’ll be able to really apply what I’ve learnt in my job later.

  • Incredibly relevant to my life as well as being interesting and stimulating.

  • I started to see things in a different light.

  • It has made me realise the power and impact that language can have.

  • Really opened my eyes, I was amazed.

  • It makes us more critical and increases our awareness.

  • It opened my eyes – I started to see things in a different light.

  • A great insight into how language and ecology come together.

  • I am more aware of my responsibility to our environment.

  • I’m finally getting to know the values I stand for.

  • Even outside the classroom I always think and try to find some sort of relation of what I learned.

  • I will do more to help environment, I’ve begun to shop differently already.

  • I am much more aware of my surroundings.

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