Workshop: The Interface of Language and Culture

Starts:  Jul 19, 2012 00:00 (ET)
Ends:  Jul 20, 2012 00:00 (ET)


Event Title: Workshop: The Interface of Language and Culture                                                                                                      

Date/time:  July 19 & 20, 2012, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Location: The Pennsylvania State University Park, University Park PA

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Workshop Description:  

Focus of the workshop is on the interface of language and culture as manifested in the conceptual features of metaphor. Metaphors are not merely ways of speaking but represent the ways in which a community thinks and acts grounded in specific kinds of culturally organized experiences. The workshop first considers how metaphors (and related forms of figurative language) are constructed; next it will discuss cross-cultural differences in metaphors; it will then explore some of the most recent pedagogical approaches on teaching and learning metaphors in second language classrooms. Participants will have the opportunity to develop at least one lesson for the teaching of metaphor in their particular language. Examples will be drawn from a number of languages, including English, Chinese, Spanish, Russian and Korean.

Presenter: James Lantolf (CALPER)

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Contact Person:  Gabriela Appel, CALPER Program Coordinator,  


The Pennsylvania State University Park, University Park PA