Language, Day 1

Course(s) Used:

  • 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.

Materials Needed


  • None


  • Classroom computer and projector

Outline of the Lesson

  1. Review of previous session’s content
  2. Overview of content for the day.
  3. Play clip one, “Words that Change the World” from Podcast.1
  4. Play TED talk from Lera Boroditsky.2
  5. Play clip two, “New Words, New World” from Podcast.1
  6. Face-to-face Formative Assessment: Debrief each media artifact
  7. Hybrid/Online Formative Assessment:
    1. Download the activity document from the Learning Management System
    2. Write a one-page reflection paper on the content from these recordings
    3. Upload the document to the activity on the Learning Management System
  8. 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.

  1. Abumrad, J. & Krulwich, R. (Hosts). (2010, August 9). Words [Radio program]. In J. Abumrad & P. Walters (Producers), Radiolab, New York, NY: WNYC. Retrieved from ^
  2. Boroditsky, L. (2017, November). Lena Boroditsky: How language shapes the way we think [Video file]. Retrieved from ^