Instructor: Buthaina Al Othman
A Webhead in Action, in Denmark, Chats with My English 090 Students
"Using CMC Tools inside an EFL C-Lab"
A Text-Chat Project Using Groupboard
University - Khaldiyah Campus -
Building # 11- Computer-Lab # 1
February 24th, 2003, at 10:00 Am - !2:00 Kuwait Time - (7 GMT - 9 GMT)
Susanne Nyrop , in Denmark chats with my English 090 students, Lulwa, Aisha S., Hiba, and Aisha from Kuwait.
The following is the chatlog: (Back to top)
aisha2> where is aisha
<aisha2> i like to paint
<lolo> Sus tell me about ur self
<aisha2> wellcome aisha
<Sus> Well, to tell about myself, that is a very long story
<hiba> sus how old r u ?
<Sus> I was born in 1950
<Sus> My parents had one boy, and I was next in line
<Sus> after me we have three children
<Sus> so all in all we are five, I have two sisters and brothers
<Sus> I was born close to where I live today, about fifteen kilometers away
<Anon_8> hellooooooooo im back
<Sus> that is outside the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen
<Anon_8> something was wrong
<Anon_8> with my computer :)
<Sus> Hello, can you please change your name anon 8
<lolo> Anon is aisha
<Anon_8> cool :)
<Anon_8> i can't Sus??I was trying put it doesn't let me???this is Aisha :)
<Sus> well, I started in a kindergarten at the age of 2 with my older brother
<lolo> she cant change her name
<Anon_8> put=but :) looool nice bdleya :)
<Sus> I loved to go to kindergarten, it was a small place with about 30 children in a big house and a garden (Back to top)
<Sus> do you listen to my long life story ?
<Sus> Aisha, I don't know ahy your name cannot be changed, never mind about that
<aisha2> yes iam with you
<hiba> it's a nice story
<Anon_8> im reading it Sus :)
<Sus> at teh age of six, I started school, that was terrible. The school yard was scary for me
<Sus> the school had more than one thousand children from grade one to ten.
<Sus> they all looked so unfamilar
<Anon_8> wooooooow thats a lot of children were u guys sitting on top of each other then?:P lol
<Sus> the only one iI knew was my older brother and he did not like to show in school that he even knew me
<Anon_8> emmmm thats really sad
<Sus> no, dear, we went to classrooms with 30 students in each, boys and girls
<lolo> he is like my sister
<Sus> but boys were always sittting with boys at the desks for two kids each, and girls with girls
<Sus> in school we did not play so much with the bolys, but at home, yes we did
<lolo> in Kuwait there is school 4 boys and anthere 4 girls
<Sus> then there was dancing lessons, that was not at school, and personally I hated it
<Sus> you have separate schools for boys and for girls now?
<lolo> dance like palee??
<Anon_8> ofcourse we
<Anon_8> have separate
<Anon_8> even in unvi.!!
<Sus> I think it must be a little complicated
<Anon_8> its not actually
<Sus> well, maybe not
<lolo> but english schools is not
<Sus> if you're used to it, why not?
<Anon_8> its way comfortable
<Sus> comfortable, how so, Aisha?
<aisha2> yes is more comfortable with not boys
<Anon_8> well i mean boys here are not like the boys over there
<Sus> are the boys noisy?
<Anon_8> over there they don't really care ,veery noisy hee
<hiba> some times
<lolo> not all the boys?
<Sus> I think that boys are just boys, it is a question of how we raise our children to be! (Back to top)
<aisha2> yes is very nois
<Anon_8> ofcourse lolo not all of them some are nice
<Anon_8> and u can count them in the fingers :)
<Sus> what do you mean, over there? Aisha, I tell you that Denmark in many ways is very different from the United states
<Anon_8> over there i mean like USA,and other countries
<Sus> well, would you think that all Arab countries are alike?
<lolo> no of course
<aisha2> no not all counteris
<Anon_8> yeah its deferent,but it would be more similar
<Anon_8> to it than kuwait Its completly different if u knw
<Anon_8> what i mean?
<Sus> neither do I - but some people here tend to have a very narrow idea of everything "muslim"
<Sus> different from Turkey, or different from Hawaii?
<Anon_8> people think muslim are bad ?but their wrong
<aisha2> why some people think that
<Sus> In Denmark we do have many immigrants from Turkey and refugees from Iran or African states like Somalia. They're mostly all muslims, but very different
<Sus> well, why would you think that Europe and USA are just "over there?"
<lolo> they think that we r toirirest
<Anon_8> ofcourse depend on the culture of the country that he or she from
<lolo> or killer
<Sus> exactly, and I konw that this is absolutely false
<Anon_8> yeaaah lolo and its a bad thing
<aisha2> in Denmark you have muslims
<Sus> yes, we do, as a minority
<Sus> but traditionally our country is Lutheran-christian
<Sus> and, as we are not used to live side by side with muslims, we tend to have a great deal of people who are afraid of everything muslim, regardless what it is.
<Sus> Our country, you see, has foe many hundred years been influeneced by German culture.
<Anon_8> i think if u know them
<Sus> Only about 200 years ago, there was a movement towards a national state
<Anon_8> more u would learn and
<Anon_8> like them they are nice
<Sus> of course!
<Sus> most people are nicer when you know them in person
<Anon_8> I agree with u 100 percent :) ofcourse
<Sus> the big problem is the strides for power of economy and military isses (Back to top)
<Sus> we, as civil citizens do not have much to say, not even in a democratic country
<Sus> I believe that Kuwait has a lot of money from the petrol industry?
<lolo> we dont
<Anon_8> and see every body want it!!!!!
<Sus> not really? are you joking?
<Anon_8> all the eyes is over the oil
<Sus> yes, this world is so dependent on petrol economy
<Anon_8> Ms Buthaina say Hi to you :)
<lolo> kuwiaty people like the good look
<Sus> tell Ms Buth that I love to speak with you
<Sus> lolo, what good look do you mean?
<lolo> they buy new cars like jagwar
<Sus> oh yes, some people spend money like it were just grass
<Anon_8> do u mean u want Buthaina to login ?? u wana talk to her?
<lolo> 4 best look
<Anon_8> or u mean me?loool i kind of misunderstood u Sus
<Sus> I can speak to Buth in Yahoo
<aisha2> some people do not know whatdo for many
<Sus> yes, I just mean, I love to speak with you students
<Anon_8> ooooh me too
<lolo> but they dont pay it in cash
<Anon_8> we love talkin tou
<Sus> I think we have found a good topic related to culture
<Sus> in Denmark, we have a word saying; Only few people have too much money - and mor have too little
<Sus> less have too little
<Anon_8> thats right
<Sus> this means, when we are all responsible for taking care of each other, there will be no poverty (Back to top)
<Sus> so, we do not have people who are immensely rich, or only very few
<Sus> neither do we have people who are hungry and really poor
<Sus> do you follow what I mean?
<Sus> we do have a large public sector, paid by income taxes
<Anon_8> u mean people are all kind of the same?u mean right
<Anon_8> here is like rich poor and most are in the middle
<Anon_8> im folowing u :)
<Sus> Yes, you do have a large middle class with a fairly good incone level
<Sus> tell me more, I'll look away for two minutes, ok?
<Anon_8> oh yeaaah we have
<Anon_8> u mean u have to go?
<Anon_8> or what?
<Sus> I'm back
<aisha2> wellcome sus
<Sus> I just had to go somewhere all alone
<hiba> wellcome back
<Sus> for how long do we have our discussion?
<lolo> i dont knom
<aisha2> when you be taier
<lolo> do u want 2 go
<Sus> I'm not tired yet
<Sus> I just wanted to know if you have another class soon, or what
<Anon_8> until u be tiried of us :)then we will leave u alone :P
<lolo> there a graet web site
<Sus> I think that we have already had a very interesting discussion and we can go on if you like (Back to top)
<Sus> oh yes, egreetings have nice virtual postcards
<Sus> tell me, do any of you use the internet outside the classes?
<Sus> anon_8, that is Aisha, I believe
<lolo> yes me
<Sus> for what do you use computer at home, Aisha?
<aisha2> yes is aisha numer 1
<aisha2> and iam aisha numer 2
<lolo> Sus do u have a graet websites
<Sus> do we have two Aishas here? I'm a littel confused
<Sus> oh I was not aware
<Anon_8> yep its me
<Sus> then Aisha1, tell me how you use the internet
<Anon_8> oh yeah aisha 1 and 2 and 3 is just watching us :) we have like 4 aisha i think or maybe more that i don't know about lool :P
<Sus> yes, you :-))
<Anon_8> i use it for chattin sometime and sending letters to my friend in canada and usa and united kingdom
<Anon_8> and talkin to my brother over there :)
<Sus> where do you go for chat, then
<Anon_8> and cousins
<Anon_8> msn :) yahoo
<Sus> oh, your older brother, is he a US student?
<Anon_8> he is studing in canada with my cousins :)over there
<Sus> where in canada, it is a huge country
<aisha2> is good to do
<Anon_8> in Nova Scotia in the east coast side
<aisha2> where live in canada?
<Anon_8> near Newfoundland and Quebec
<Sus> I've been to Vancouver at the Western Pacific, and in Toronto which is in the south east
<Sus> that is north east
<Anon_8> ohhhhhh yeah i didn't go there but i heard ofit :) actually
<Anon_8> its very nice over there sunny :)
<aisha2> mybe in futher i travel canada
<Sus> Quebec used to be a French colony so they do speak both French and English
<Anon_8> aisha2 :) inshallah why not???and take me with u :P
<Sus> Canada has a beautiful nature, you will love it
<Anon_8> but mostly in french Sus ,
<aisha2> do you come with me sus
<Anon_8> it look like a flag?!!!
<hiba> and me :((
<Anon_8> loool i will take u hiba put u in my hand bag if u can fit :P
<Sus> how does your flag look like?
<Anon_8> don't be sad :) we all will go :) in a class trip for 1 week :)allaaaaaaaah i hope :P (Back to top)
<Sus> I can travel in my mind, then
<aisha2> all the girl in chatting
<lolo> kuwaiti flag??
<Sus> where do you go for a class trip, usually?
<Sus> yes, try to draw the Kuwaiti flag
<aisha2> yes is good kuwaiti flag
<Anon_8> :) we have to go now Sus and nice talkin to u again,,, \cYa later :)
<Sus> Thank you for coming!
<Sus> This was great
<Sus> I have saved the chat I hope
<Sus> say hi to the rest of your class from Denmark
<Anon_8> thank you for ur time :)
<Anon_8> and sorry if we bother u in some way or something
<Anon_8> i will thankx aloooooooooT :)
<hiba> nice too meet u sus and i have a nice time with u
<Sus> nice to meet you too
<lolo> me 22
<Anon_8> loooool coooool i will let her see that :P :)
<Sus> can I use this chatlog for my research?
<aisha2> ok i want to go see you later bye all specily sus bye
<Sus> I need your psemission, just say yes
<Anon_8> ummmm well okay but for what whatkind of research??
<Sus> I'm studying how we can use chats etc for education and making fiends :-)
<Sus> if you like to know more, I can send you a mail for the class
<Sus> goodbye for now, all of you
<Anon_8> aha okay yes i would be pleased :)
<lolo> Sus u can mail me in
<Anon_8> okay bye bye :) then
<Anon_8> me tooo Sus
<Sus> Very fine, then
<Anon_8> aDD ME LOLO :P
<Sus> I'll add you to my mail address book
<Sus> mine is email@example.com
<Sus> we have to leave now
<Sus> bye bye
<lolo> me 2 bye
Sus left a goodbye message, saying:" This was a very great discussion". (Back to top)
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