THE POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RAMIFICATIONS OF MISUNDERSTANDING AMERICAN ENGLISH (6/25/09; SAMLA 11/6-8/09)
In an ever-changing world, words appear to have more power than ever. Indeed, words can be weapons when inappropriately or ineffectively used. This ambiguity can lead to grave misunderstanding and miscommunication as our global networks are ever increasing. Many times the intent of the USA to convey its purpose is poorly represented. How can we, as educators, effectively teach English in a manner that can avoid literal denotation, while embracing the subtleties, innuendos, and connotations so important to clarity and deeper understanding? This panel will address all subject related topics. By June 25, 2009, please send a 250-word abstract to msantos2@FAU.edu or ESLCARE@aol.com, or via post to Myrna Santos, 3600 NW 82 Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065.