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Query:   Philosophies for Teaching Intro to Linguistics
Author:  Jo Mackiewicz
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Applied Linguistics
General Linguistics

Summary:   This is a summary of results for a query I posted on June 3, 2004 (15.1710). I asked for linguists? philosophies for teaching introductory courses in linguistics.

Linguists said that they stressed the following in their classes: 1) scientific analysis of language data, 2) reevaluating beliefs about language, especially nonstandard dialects, 3) differentiating between language and other communication, 4) understanding main concepts, such as A) language is systematic, B) languages share some universal characteristics, C) humans have an innate capacity for language.

I would like to thank Michael Erard, Paul Justice, Susan Meredith Burt, Kathryn Riley, Ilhan Cagri, Janine Graziano-King, and Madalena Cruz-Ferreira for their thoughtful replies to my request.

I am still interested in receiving responses, as this research project is ongoing. Please send your teaching philosophy, your syllabus for your introduction to linguistics course, or any other materials that you think might be helpful to jmackiew@d.umn.edu.

LL Issue: 15.2411
Date Posted: 27-Aug-2004
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