- Interpersonal Communication
Goals and Objectives:
- Students understand the effects language has on cognition and interaction.
- Students understand how different languages result in cultural differences.
Rationale: Language is probably the most important human invention, with profound and far-reaching effects on the world and on ourselves. Language effects nearly every aspect of our lives, and a significant proportion of all communication is linguistic in nature.
- Classroom computer and projector
Outline of the Lesson
- Review of previous session’s content
- Overview of content for the day.
- Play clip one, “Words that Change the World” from Podcast.1
- Discussion of clip one
- Play TED talk from Lera Boroditsky.2
- Discussion of TED talk
- Play clip two, “New Words, New World” from Podcast.1
- Discussion of clip two
- Debrief the shown media
- Lesson closing
Radio is less engaging than visual media for may students, and may present a problem for students who require certain accommodations. A transcript is available.
Variations and Accommodations
Follow guidance from local accommodation authorities. Transcripts are available for radio broadcast and closed captioning on video is accurate.
- Abumrad, J. & Krulwich, R. (Hosts). (2010, August 9). Words [Radio program]. In J. Abumrad & P. Walters (Producers), Radiolab, New York, NY: WNYC. Retrieved from https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab/episodes/91725-words ^
- Boroditsky, L. (2017, November). Lena Boroditsky: How language shapes the way we think [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/lera_boroditsky_how_language_shapes_the_way_we_think ^