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ERIC Number: ED297593
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Pages: 14
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Redefining Language Learning.
Thompson, Nancy S.
While verbal language has traditionally determined our view of intelligence, this limited view ignores other systems for expressing intelligent thought. An expanded concept of language considers verbal language as one part of a mental modeling system, or internal representation, for any kind of sensory information available to us, visual or auditory. Media are the tools humankind has created for the concrete expression of the abstract processes of the brain. Verbal language has been the major tool for externalizing or mediating intelligence, but the proliferation of new media points to the use of other forms of intelligence: pictorial, mathematical, musical, and kinesthetic. Language can be defined as the sum of the modeling systems available to us. This expanded view of intelligence assumes an expanded view of language as a medium for expressing mental activity. By learning other media "languages" we can understand verbal language better. Research in diverse areas of language and intelligence supports this perspective of intelligence and language, and this new perspective can enhance language learning research, allowing language learning to embrace new communication media as tools to enhance the expansion of intelligence. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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