This course is designed to provide you with an intercultural foundation for purposeful learning about language and culture for effective participation in a cosmopolitan, interconnected world. The readings, class activities and assignments blend practical and social experiences that help you explore what it means to be a multilingual, cosmopolitan, and culturally aware individual. We will focus on the opportunities for cultural immersion and language learning while at Indiana University, as well as strategies for a lifelong pursuit of linguistic and sociolinguistic cosmopolitanism. We will explore current language-related issues such as bilingualism, multilingualism, translingualism, dialects and accents, language-in-education policy, language learning and teaching, basic principles of English linguistics, and content area language learning.
Explicit knowledge about language and self-directed activity in language learning are valuable for your studies in an interdisciplinary spectrum of academic majors. In this spirit, we will explore together the benefits that can be derived from developing knowledge about language, how they work, and how people express their ideas, identities and ideologies through language.
GenEd Information: Currently approved for the IU Bloomington GenEd SH requirement. See the GenEd Website for more information.
Catalog Information: EDUC-L 239 LANGUAGE AND LEARNING