ERIC Number: ED334623
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: 0
International and Intercultural Communication in the Curriculum and in the Classroom: Sociolinguistics.
The repercussions of an increasingly globalized society present opportunities to communication academics for designing new and interdisciplinary courses, team teaching, and guest lecturing. Among the contributions that communication instructors could make to such an endeavor is to offer information about sociolinguistics. Communication scholars are interested in both the social and the linguistic dimensions of "speech communities," and can describe to students the benefits (access and inclusion) of being an effectively functioning member. To be an effectively functioning member of a speech community, a person needs to know: (1) when to talk or remain silent; (2) whom to talk to, and whether this should be done directly or through another person; (3) what topics may or may not be discussed; (4) whether the communication should be oral and/or written, mediated and/or face to face; (5) which linguistic code (language, dialect, style) is appropriate; and (6) where and when it is appropriate to talk. Communication instructors can plan cross-disciplinary team-taught courses, be guest lecturers in each other's classes, develop new courses, and incorporate new modules into existing programs. Some instructional techniques that should be considered in such efforts include: situational contrasts, case studies, guest speakers, and media materials. (PRA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Speech Community
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (Pittsburgh, PA, April 25-28, 1991).