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!

poem

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.


The artwork is divided into two parts; one part is colorful and the other is black and white. The upper part of the image consists of a sky and a bridge. To me, these icons suggest that a single language can express information in a limited way. The lower part of the image demonstrates pointillism. There are multiple roads emanating from the bridge, each with a different language written on it. These roads illustrate the multilingual world in which we live. Canada is a culturally diverse and multilingual nation. It is a place where people of different ethnicities and languages can connect. ~ Veronica Cai and Lucas Cai

 

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.

What does language mean to you?
During the Winter 2019 Open House event, we asked participants to express what language means to them using one or more words.  Here are some responses: unity, difference, understanding, learning, expression, bargaining (persuasion), resource, communication, identity, belonging, culture, connection, and diversity. 

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.

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