ERIC Number: ED408851
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
The Wonder of Language.
Browne, Charles; Poulshock, Joseph
The phenomenon of language is discussed and suggestions are made for using its unique aspects to enhance classroom second language teaching and learning. Five main points are made about language: (1) it differs in kind, not simply in degree, from other species' communicative behaviors; (2) the wonder of human language is rivaled by only one other representative system, the biological language of DNA; (3) human intelligence manifested in language, much like genetic processes, enables humans to connect the realm of facts and experience with that of concepts and propositions; (4) human intelligence and language capacity reveal representational powers and other characteristics that demonstrate that mind and language cannot be understood in material terms; and (5) these factors should affect the way teachers choose the methods, content, and language they use in the classroom. Contains 12 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Japan Association of Language Teachers (22nd, Japan, November 1996).