Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Lecture: "Cognitive Semiotics and the Foreign Language Classroom: The Use of Songs"

Tue, March 4, 2014 | BEN 2.104

4:00 PM

Ricardo Gualda, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil

Cognitive semiotics can help explain limitations and failures in current methods, beliefs, and practices in foreign language teaching by highlighting the importance of culture and identity in the language learning process. The focus on forms observed in most institutional language-learning settings presents great limitations in the cultural view. Cognitive semiotics helps explain why the classroom experience, based on simulations commonly used in the communicative methodology and task-based learning, usually fails to prepare students for real-life interactions. 

Explored in this talk is the instructor’s selection of input materials, which tend to alienate students because they are not of interest to them. Ricardo Gualda argues that language courses should be project- and/or content-based. He will exemplify the application of Cognitive Semiotics to foreign language pedagogy with the use of songs in a Portuguese language activity, considering the issues described above.

For more information, contact the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at 512.471.4936.

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