Do you know what Language is? Before beginning my degree of Education at JCU. I did not know the extent of what language was. However, this is a collection of what I have learnt so far, shows you how to incorparate language into the classrom and ieads for my future classroom.
‘Language is a purely human and non-instinctive method of communicating ideas, emotions and desires by means of a system of voluntarily produced symbols. These symbols are, in the first instance, auditory, and they are produced by so-called “organs of speech”-animal communication, if communication it may be called, as brought about by involuntary, instinctive cries, is not , in our sense, language at all’ (Sapir, 1921, revised in 1949)
What is Language you ask? Before I began ED1421, I believed the role of language to be only written. However over the duration of my studies, my understanding of what language is has further developed. As such, my definition of the role of language has drastically changed. I now believe language to be a form of communication- both spoken and written- that is a systematic and arbitrary social practice used by different people for different purposes.
Here is an interesting fact. According to Carnegie’s Speech, there are 1.5 billion people around the world that speak English; over 50 countries world-wide speak English as the primary language; and there’s a estimation that more than 2 billion people are currently learning English. Interesting isn’t it? Are you mind-boggled? Before starting this subject I didn’t realise how much English was used world-wide.