ERIC Number: ED273123
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May
Reference Count: 0
Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Language and Culture: The Use of Spatial Constructs.
Interdisciplinary approaches to instruction are generally dominated by linearity, with an emphasis on linear progressive time. A more productive approach is the development of spatial constructs that provide a more directly visual approach to thought and discussion. The study of languages and cultures will be more effective if students are given the means to visualize one or more spaces in time and to examine and discuss the diverse aspects of a language or culture that occur simultaneously. The impact on the participants in the learning process is increased, discussion can be more varied, and the instruction is not limited to specific starting and ending points. In developing interdisciplinary approaches to teaching languages, literature, and culture, the potential for visualization offered by interdisciplinarity should be tapped, or the limitations of linearity will only be compounded. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Northwest Council on Foreign Languages (Vancouver, British Columbia, May 9-10, 1986).