Teaching Linguistics to Supplement the Implementation of the Five Cs

Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages. 2016;18:1-24 DOI 10.10118/issn.1930-9031.2016.03.08


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Journal Title: Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages

ISSN: 1930-9031 (Print); 2689-2979 (Online)

Publisher: National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages

Society/Institution: National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages

LCC Subject Category: Education: Education (General) | Language and Literature: Philology. Linguistics: Language. Linguistic theory. Comparative grammar

Country of publisher: United States

Language of fulltext: English

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Hongyuan Dong (George Washington University)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 20 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

I argue that linguistics courses in a language program in an institution of higher education can supplement the implementation of the ACTFL five Cs, because of the unique status of linguistics as a bridge course between language classes and other content courses. Especially for less commonly taught languages, the greater linguistic distance and cultural distance make it more difficult to achieve the goals of the five Cs. Linguistics courses can help students perform better in the relevant goal areas using the target language. Although the five Cs are to be assessed and achieved in the target language, linguistics courses nonetheless contain a good amount of data and a component of language learning. Such courses deal with conceptual understanding and critical thinking more effectively, as supported by course evaluation data and topics covered in such linguistics courses.