Did you know that there are over 6000 different languages in the world (Linguistic Society of America, 2012)? Language is a skill that many of us take for granted. We use language to communicate, connect, and express ourselves, yet many us do not stop to think how our lives would be different if language did not exist.
The English Language Learning community strongly believes that strong academic language skills are necessary for success. The ELDC strives to help students develop their English language skills so they can better communicate and connect with others. This is year we asked students across campus to convey the significance of language through a work of art of their choice.
Check out some of the amazing contributions made by UTSC students!
Words from the poet:
Most people view language only as a tool. While the function of delivering messages and exchanging information is very essential, language is more than that. Sometimes it is better to view language as a form of art, the mean by which humans express their feelings, share ideas, and bring creativeness to the world. Enthusiasm and emotions are what brings language life. Language is mechanical as a tool, but flourishing as an art.
Language Means Unity
By: Alana Omar, Joyce Yu, and Veronica Cai
The image below depicts two brains united by a bridge exemplifies what language means to us; language means unity.
Starting from the brain, oral communication occurs through the use of language. There are many different types of languages. Some people can only speak one language and typically this is their mother tongue. Some people are bilingual or multilingual, meaning, they are able to communicate in two or more languages. Communication can be enhanced by bridging our connections with others to help sustain and create meaningful relationships.
The purpose of this activity is to understand what language means. By connecting our similarities and differences we gain further knowledge regarding oral communication from a diverse range of individuals.