Languaculture: From Language-And-Culture To Language-As-Culture with Dr. Carl Blyth

Language Matters!

Wed, October 14, 2015 | Sinclair Suite, UNB 3.128

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Join us for coffee/tea and a great presentation from Dr. Carl Blyth, Director of the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning and Associate Professor in the Department of French and Italian. He will present "Languaculture: From Language-And-Culture To Language-As-Culture."

Despite the recent 'social turn' in applied linguistics, foreign language programs rarely emphasize the complex relationships between language, culture and thought. This talk will describe languaculture, defined as the “cultural aspects of language” (Risager 2006, 2007) or “linguistically mediated cultural meaning and behaviors in interaction” (Diaz 2013).  To exemplify how the concept of languaculture impacts foreign language curricula and pedagogy, a new upper-division French course will be discussed.  Finally, instructional methods that promote languaculture awareness will be demonstrated, e.g., participant observation, metapragmatic discussion, corpus analysis, and self-reflection. 

Note: A sign language interpreter will be present.


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