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ERIC Number: ED355800
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 7
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The Language of Language: An Interdisciplinary Approach To Language Learning.
Mann, Jesse Thomas
Mid-Atlantic Journal of Foreign Language Pedagogy, v1 p149-154 Spr 1993
The study of language in general and the study of foreign languages in particular have attracted new interest in academic circles during the past decade. The concepts of the "global village" and "cultural diversity" have become commonplace in the jargon of the 1990s. The development of two new courses at Westminster College (Pennsylvania) have been an attempt to address some of these concerns. The "World of Language" course discussed in this study aimed to provide concrete and theoretical approaches to the study of language in order to enhance the undergraduate language experience and to give a context to the language students' exploration that linked the course material in a direct fashion either to an area of professional interest or to their major field of study. Outside lectures included: (1) biology--language and the brain; (2) sociology--symbolic interactionism; (3) religion--language and metaphor; (4) philosophy--language and meaning; (5) psychology--animal communication; (6) mathematics--artificial intelligence. Residual effects of this course are meant not only to begin an exploration of the language major but to: lead students to an understanding of self; help them piece together some of the different components of their general education curriculum; and relate their liberal studies courses to their major. In other words to query: what kinds of questions might physics ask about language? (VWL/AA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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