How Language Can Be Viewed As A Means Of Communication And Interaction Between Individuals And Groups Within A Society

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Language is more than an object and should be seen as a means of communication and interaction between individuals and groups within a society. Within this, the socio-cultural understanding a society/ culture has about language will influence the implications for teaching language and literacy to future generations. Language cannot be viewed as a code or a set of rules, it is not a fixed or finite concept. This view of thinking does not highlight the complexities involved in using language for communication. (Australian Government, 2016). The constructedness of a text needs to be known to students, therefore it is important for teachers to address the fact that texts contain the views of the authors and their own ideologies (Green, 2006).…show more content…
Thinking of language as an object, a set of rules and codes to follow, is to remove it from its true meaning of being a means for communication and expression of self. The social influence and cultural meaning that language has is far too complex and meaningful to describe as an object. Although language should not be seen as an object it can be physically present around us. It is present in physical forms such as speech, audio recordings, and writings. When looking at it from this point of view, language is a material object. (Gee & Hayes, 2011, p. 6). It is important for teachers to understand that children today make sense of the world through visual, audio, digital and multimedia texts/teaching tools and interactive activities better than they can with more ‘traditional’ tools (such as textbooks and reading from a whiteboard). (Green, 2006, p. 6). Living in a digital world with the socio-cultural demands being increased for new technological tools to teach children, teachers need to ensure that they can keep up with these new tools. Not only are technological advances important to consider when teaching students, the learning levels of the children need to be considered also. If a student does not or cannot understand new technology at a high level how can we expect them to learn anything from these technological learning tools. These learning

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