ERIC Number: ED343398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Meaning and Diversity.
College second language instruction can no longer afford to apply uniform methods and curricula to an increasingly diverse student population. To be realistic, it must be integrated with individual interests, attitudes, personality, and values. The best approach is for students to go individually to the countries of their target languages. The next best strategy is to send them in groups. The minimum stay should be a year. Because different languages do not correspond word for word, language learners must have the experience of explaining their own history and culture in the target language. Language learning content should include issues of contemporary importance, because intercultural communication on current developments in human relations, human rights, cultural heritage, peace and international understanding is vital. Semiotics, seen as both a game and a scientific enterprise, can help to renew enjoyment and appreciation of literature. The social aspects of meaning in language are as important as the individual, cognitive aspects. A brief list of suggested readings is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Equality in Language Learning. Proceedings of the Nordic Conference of Applied Linguistics (5th, Jyvaskyla, Finland, June 4-7, 1987); see FL 020 065.