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Tutor profile: Georgia H.

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Georgia H.
Sociology and English as a First Language Tutor with TEFL qualification and Bachelors degree.
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Subject: Sociology

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What in your view are the key sociological insights into emotions?

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Sociological perspectives regarding ‘emotion’ are primarily modern as emotions had previously been viewed as a private matter that should not be investigated (Turner, 2005, p.1). When looking at traditional sociologists a common theme throughout is the ‘emotion’/’reason’ dualism debate. Descartes states that emotions are entirely physiological processes without unconscious contribution (Descartes quoted in Irons, 1895, p. 291). Descartes believed in ‘logic’, therefore he proposed that emotions are learned behaviour that can be altered by reasoning with the mind (Descartes quoted in Irons, 1895, p.291). Similarly, Durkheim also believed that emotions are learned behaviours. Durkheim regards ‘emotion’ as “external to the individual” as they are created by social facts (Durkheim, 1963). Durkheim, unlike Descartes, considers ‘emotion’ itself as an irrational behaviour that “defies critical and rational thinking” (Durkheim & Mauss, 1963, p.88). The dualism considered by both these traditional sociologists supports Burkitt’s definition of emotion, as both investigated ‘emotion’ as a thought produced and influenced by external social factors or social relationships. To explore ‘emotion’ from a different traditionalist perspective, Spinoza proposed that ‘reason’ would be unable to overpower ‘emotion’ (p????). Spinoza viewed ‘emotion’ similarly to Darwinian sociologists as a primitive behaviour caused by biological factors. Spinoza states there are two basic emotion that of “joy” and “sadness” and all other emotions are variations of these (Spinoza, p. 10). As this idea implies that all emotions are a biological response, Spinoza believes they can be studied with scientific precision (Carlisle, 2011), an opposing idea to the theoretical approaches from Descartes and Durkheim. Throughout contemporary research, the ‘emotion’/’reason’ dualism is not considered to such an extent. Instead, emotions and logical thinking are considered respective of each other.

Subject: English as a Second Language

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What is your favourite thing about the English language?

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Georgia H.
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I love how the English language is unique compared to other languages in the world. The English language has 44 phenomes, this is more than any other language. When non-native speakers attempt to learn the English language, they often find it hard because of the unique spelling used within. This is because English is a Germanic language heavily influenced by Latin. So, if your a Native German speaker your in luck! You may find it much easier to learn than most.

Subject: Communication

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In what ways do we communicate with others?

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Georgia H.
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We communicate with others using both verbal and non-verbal communication. Verbal communication is the way in which we talk to others, change our pitch and our tone to create emotion and use certain words to describe how we feel. Non-verbal communication is something that arguably displays more about how we feel than verbal communication. This is in the form of body language. The way in which we communicate with others can change dependant on whether we are communicating with them in person or if we are communicating over the telephone or using virtual platforms such as Skype and Microsoft Teams. In these instances, we may adapt the way in which we communicate dependant on whether the second party can see us. During a telephone conversation, an individual may add more tone to some words to show there emotion and engage with the other person. Whereas, on online platforms, an individual may show additional body language techniques to show they are listening as they know normal cues wont be as visible to the second party.

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