Mini- collab 2

The NACE Competencies stands for the National Association of Colleges and Employers. This helps illustrate the skills that most people already have, but in reality, don’t know the power of these skills and how they impact one’s career within the workforce. There are eight career readiness competencies: career & self-development, communication, critical thinking, equity & inclusion, leadership, professionalism, teamwork, and technology. When it comes to reading aloud Shakespeare’s The Tempest, there are many factors that contribute greatly to the process of each other’s understanding of the context of the play. Using a traditional text like The Tempest allows students to use their critical thinking skills to understand the text through a deeper meaning by analyzing an older text through modern meaning. Students can interpret an older text meant traditionally for a Renaissance English class, but this course gives students the opportunity to see a play about hurricanes and mythological beings/events to modern-day understanding of institutional discrimination seen within Hurricane Katrina. How ancient rituals and knowledge connect all human beings to each other like the burial rituals done within New Orleans. These understandings help students connect to a greater sense of knowledge. Through the utilization of NACE competencies such as critical thinking and teamwork, the class was able to collectively discern and discuss various connections within the dialogue of The Tempest to course concepts. For instance, Caliban is referred to in a dehumanized, earthly manner, often chastised by Prospero as wasteful. Prospero additionally prompts a natural disaster as a means of bringing about a renewal or cleansing in an attempt to free himself from previous worldly hindrances, an example of the expenditure concept we discussed during class. When it comes to reading something like The Tempest, reading aloud isn’t something that comes easy and natural to most. More often than not students read within their mind, but while reading aloud there begins to develop a level of professionalism that everyone is contributing to the reading as much as possible, putting in their best effort. This allows for equity and inclusion to build off of each other through teamwork. This shows the level of NACE Competencies usage within an English class that can occur using the basics of communication to work with others like one would within a workforce. So why does this matter? This is a question that may seem basic to most, but rather oftentimes overlooked. This concept of the NACE Competencies allows for an understanding of growth within your peers. We as college students are in different/similar paths of life, but are all learning the importance of how these skills can be used within the workforce and on our resumes outside the classroom. 

Written by: Elizabeth Gambino, Meredith Amodie, Katlin Mcneil,
Aidan Lewis, and Audrey Smeaton

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