Intertwining Language with Perception: A Case of Internalizing a Globalized Language


Globalization is viewed from different angles, with three universally accepted theories used to explain it. All the theories can be summed up as saying that globalization is the form of institutionalizationinvolving the universalization of particularism (Roland Robertson:1992:102). English language is viewed as the vehicle that propels this institutionalization. We all live in this globalized world defined by our imaginations. No one really knows what that world is like, as its characteristics can be inferred only from how we perceive it. The way we act is shaped so powerfully by what we perceive and our cultural background. Teachers, therefore, walk into their classrooms influenced by their beliefs and culture, which are closely linked to their values, their views of the world and their conception of their place within the classroom. These beliefs are nurtured by the teachers perception which in turn is expressed through the classroom language. This paper discusses how teachers efforts to internalize this globalized language in his/her classroom are affected by his/her perception of his/her learners. It further shows that: perception is expressed through language; there is significant correlation between language and perception; perception is innate and personal, therefore, no one individual perceives the world for another; the more the teacher talks the more he/she expresses his personal perception; teachers should talk less so that the learners can discover their own world and build up their personal perception of the world. The presenter will then discuss the role of teachers as facilitators of the learning process.

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Ibrahim Yabagi Mohammed, Jubail University College, Saudi Arabia

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Conference: ECLL2015
Stream: Language education

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