Language in Education

language in education

The Importance of Language in Education

Spoken and written language is the uniquely human method of interacting with those around us. Through language we can convey our thoughts and feelings to those people who we wish to know them and to listen to theirs in return. Through language we are able to impart information, knowledge and advice to others who may require our guidance and help. And through language we are able to learn vast amounts from not only our contemporaries but also from those who have gone before and left their knowledge behind in written or recorded form.

Learning from others

Language is therefore vital in education. We can learn only a given amount from our own limited life experience but we learn so much more from the experiences of other people who have put in the time, the effort and in many cases, the agony in order to seek out answers to life’s many mysteries. Education requires the conveying of this information and knowledge to interested parties in a language that both the sender and recipient can clearly understand. If the information is conveyed in an interesting and genuinely enthusiastic manner then the recipient is often encouraged to learn and also understand more. Indeed one of the vital responsibilities of an educator is to guide their students in methods of seeking out more answers using their own initiative.

Subtleties and complexities

We communicate on many different levels depending on the subject and the audience we are addressing and we are able to modify our language for each situation. For example, when we communicate with young children we use different words and tone of voice than we would use in a business meeting amongst our peers. Understanding language sometimes requires a level of experience to fully appreciate exactly what is being said or even what is not being said. The use of figures of speech such as metaphors and also the use of humour and sarcasm can change the literal meaning of a piece of language and this can easily be missed by some listeners who are not well versed in the particular language. Even the facial expressions and gestures of a speaker can change the literal meaning of language. Therefore it is vitally important for both parties that the shared language is modified in order that the intended message is conveyed and received.

The beauty and power of language

Language is a beautiful and multifaceted tool of human communication through which we can make sense of complex and abstract thoughts, share our experiences, express our wants and needs, establish laws and systems of governance and also record our culture for posterity. Without language we are unable to learn anything beyond our own experience.

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