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Language, Culture and the Embodied Mind

A Developmental Model of Linguaculture Learning

Authors: Shaules, Joseph

  • Helps language teachers integrate intercultural awareness into foreign language teaching
  • Bridges the gap between theory and practice in language and intercultural education
  • Provides a learning model for educators interested in a holistic, developmental approach to language and culture learning
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About this book

There is an odd contradiction at the heart of language and culture learning: Language and culture are, so to speak, two sides of a single coin—language reflects the thinking, values and worldview of its speakers. Despite this, there is a persistent split between language and culture in the classroom. Foreign language pedagogy is often conceptualized in terms of gaining knowledge and practicing skills, while cultural learning goals are often conceptualized in abstract terms, such as awareness or criticality.
This book helps resolve this dilemma. Informed by brain and mind sciences, its core message is that language and culture learning can both be seen as a single, interrelated process—the embodiment of dynamic systems of meaning into the intuitive mind. This deep learning process is detailed in the form of the Developmental Model of Linguaculture Learning (DMLL). Grounded in dynamic skill theory, the DMLL describes four developmental levels of language and culture learning, which represents a subtle, yet important shift in language and culture pedagogy. Rather than asking how to add culture into language education, we should be seeking ways to make language and culture learning deeper—more integrated, embodied, experiential and transformational. This book provides a theoretical approach, including practical examples, for doing so.

About the authors

Joseph Shaules (PhD) has worked in intercultural education in Japan, Mexico and Europe for more than 25 years. He has been a pioneer in applying insights from the mind and brain sciences to language and culture pedagogy. He is the Director of the Japan Intercultural Institute, and he teaches at the International Center of Keio University, Tokyo, and in the Tsuda University Graduate Program in TESOL. His academic works include: The Intercultural Mind: Connecting Culture, Cognition and Global Living (2015); Deep Culture: The Hidden Challenges of Global Living (2007); and he has published language education textbooks, such as Identity (2003), and Impact Issues (2008, 2011), as well as works for a general audience, including: Beneath the Surface: A Beginner's Guide to the Deep Culture Experience (2010).

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-981-15-0587-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover ca. 103,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • Due: February 9, 2020
  • ISBN 978-981-15-0586-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Language, Culture and the Embodied Mind
Book Subtitle
A Developmental Model of Linguaculture Learning
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-0587-4
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-0587-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-15-0586-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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