ERIC Number: ED292328
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
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Teaching Linguistics to Non-Linguistics Majors. Linguistics in the Undergraduate Curriculum, Appendix 4-N.
In some colleges and universities, linguistics does not have a positive image. This is due in part to the number of students that struggle through linguistic theory that they will forget once the examination or course is over. However, instructors can make linguistics courses serving primarily nonmajors more attractive by omitting certain topics and incorporating others that may be less central to the concerns of linguistic theory but are more interesting and useful to the nonspecialist. Since linguistics overlaps a number of disciplines, it both broadens and strengthens the background of students in linguistics-related fields. In addition, the practice of viewing language phenomena analytically transfers well to unrelated disciplines that require the same type of thinking, such as mathematics or computer science. Linguistics courses tailored to the nonmajor can be just as challenging as those that are not. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Administrators
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Linguistic Society of America, Washington, DC.
Note: In: Langendoen, D. Terence, Ed., Linguistics in the Undergraduate Curriculum: Final Report; see FL 017 227. Document contains broken type.