Nature of language

By Dr.Shiva Durga   |   Institute of Applied Sciences and Humanities,GLA University
Learners enrolled: 2008
The course is designed for students who have finished their Senior Secondary classes and doing their bachelor degrees of any discipline (B.Ed,. B.A., B.Sc., B.Com., B.Tech., B.Sc.Bio.Tech., B.Pharm, etc and even Post graduates of any discipline who want to improve their communication skill in English and also  professionals who are keen in improving their communication skill in oral and written English. 

The Modules deal with varieties of Communication as the art of transferring information from one to another: Verbal, Non Verbal, Human and non human etc. It gives clear picture of the language as rule governed behavior. The learner will be highly benefitted by this course as it deals with Chomsky’s theory of universal grammar and the various concepts and ideas he introduced in this theory. The students will be able to have the knowledge of Morphology as it is the study of the internal structure of words and the regularities by which new words are formed. Sentences have to follow certain structural rules in order to make sense. Syntax and semantics go together hand in hand to form the central component of the human language.  

Nature of classroom discourse and the structure of text discourse are explained clearly. Along with it, the structure of story; the structure of poem and the structure of essay are dealt with in such a manner that the learners can get clear ideas of written communication as well. Multilingualism and its use as resource of a classroom give a clear idea of acquisition of linguistic abilities in many languages which improve the mind power. In a nut shell we can describe the whole ‘Nature of Language’ course as a boon to the lovers of learning Language techniques for easy and interesting communication. The visual effect given in the videos in five modules as 19 Lessons make the learners understand the context picturesquely for happy learning.

Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 6 weeks
Start Date : 25 Jan 2023
End Date : 05 Mar 2023
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 28 Feb 2023
Category :
  • Language
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Nature of language

Week - I

1. Verbal and Non Verbal Communication
2. Human and Non- Human Communication
3. Human System Of Communication

Week - II
4. Lanaugage and Mind
5. Language and society
6. Language - A Rule Governed Behaviour

Week - III

7. Speech and writing
8. The Organization of Sounds
9. The Concept of Universal Grammar
Week - IV

10. Morphology and Its Concepts
11. Syntax, Meanings and Semantics
12. The Structure of Sentences

Week - V

13. Nature of Classroom Discourse
14. Structure of Text Discourse
15. Structure of Story
Week - VI

16. Structure of Poetry
17. Structure of an Essay
18. Multilingualism in India
19. Using the Multilingual Resources of a Classroom

Books and references

1. Non-verbal Communication Paperback by Robert A. Hinde
2. Fundamentals of Verbal
3. Human Communication Systems by George A. Borden
4. Human Communication by Joseph A. Devito
5. Language and the Mind by John Field
6. Prehistoric cultural explanations for widespread language families see by McConnell & Evans, 123-34. Bellwood, P.
7. Discourse Structure of Text-Graphics Documents by Robert P. Futrelle
8. Reviving The Essay: How To Teach Structure Without Formula by Gretchen Bernabei
9. Litrary Multilingualism ii Multilingualism in India by Amiya Dev
10. Multilingualism: A Classroom Resource by Rama Kant Agnihotri

Instructor bio

Dr.Shiva Durga

Institute of Applied Sciences and Humanities,GLA University
Dr. Shiva Durga is working as an Asst. Professor in the English Department, GLA University, Mathura. 
Ph.D GLA University, Mathura.U.P.
M.A. English Literature, First Division, Dr. Ambedkar University, Agra.U.P.
M.Ed. (Education) Madurai University, T.N.  
30 Years of Teaching English   7 Years Administration 
Published sixteen Research Papers     Conducted 19 Workshops. 

She has been selected by SWAYAM- MOOC’s Digital Education interactive Course for Distance learning  from 4th Feb to 13th Mar 2019 to host this interactive course nationwide to enhance active learning skills by providing easy access to global resources.

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