Winnie the Pooh: The Magic of Psycholinguistics (LIN103)
This course has been canceled for this semester.
Pooh Bear, Tigger, Eeyore, and friends—this beloved group conjures light-hearted images of an idyllic childhood, but it also has much to say about the magical combination of psychology with linguistics as it pertains to second language acquisition. In this course, we will examine several concepts embodied by the 100 Acre Wood friends, including but not limited to extroversion, group dynamics, memory, and the myriad roles of community, family and other social units. This course intended for students interested in the intersection of psychology and linguistics, but its relevance extends as well to the business world, management, and more. The course will include both lectures and discussion, for which an intermediate level of English will be sufficient.
James Elwood is an associate professor in the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences at Meiji University, where he also serves as a deputy director of the International Student Office. He obtained his doctorate in TESOL from Temple University and works as an adjunct professor there as well as at GRIPS and Chiba University. His research interests include writing assessment, psycholinguistics, technology in education, and psychometrics, especially in the area of structural equation modeling. When not working, he enjoys baseball, cooking, and puppetry.
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