ERIC Number: EJ793156
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 11
The History of the English Language Course: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach to the Humanities
Dressman, Michael R.
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, v6 n1 p107-113 2007
The study of the history of the English language can help students become aware of major issues in several academic fields, including history, literature, political science, anthropology, communication, economics, the Arts, and, of course, languages and linguistics. Even though instructors may not have an especially broad background in the Humanities, the students themselves bring their own set of interests to the course. The students' curiosity for their already existing interests can be exploited to broaden the course and to help them see connections between methodologies and subjects. With carefully designed assignments--perhaps using the assistance of colleagues in other fields--an instructor can make a course in the history of the English language a catalyst for learning in a variety of academic areas.
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Humanities, English, Language Research, Interdisciplinary Approach, Unified Studies Curriculum, Diachronic Linguistics, English Instruction, Teaching Experience, Higher Education
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