THE SOCIAL & AFFECTIVE VALUES OF LANGUAGE LEARNING

IT IS COMMON SENSE - Your group foreign-language learning experience puts you in a position to observe, study and imitate groups of people communicating and having social interaction with each other. Through digital video, you can observe their skin color, physical features, clothing, gestures, body proximity, how they work with things around them, conversational discourse habits, accents, speech rhythm and speed., etc. All of these intensify your exposure and give you some confidence of adopting socially appropriate behavior as you begin, enter, or end your own conversations in the language, or use social media. As you repeatedly observe and imitate, you develop the understanding, process memory, sensitivity, and tolerance necessary for real international-skills success. This social value associated with your language-learning experience will be shaped in individual ways, but its is very likely to develop a desire for cultural understanding, a  true appreciation of diversity and really allow you to make new friends. We know that in business, knowledge of the right language makes "know your customer" stepping outside of the discourse of the deal. Beyond personal benefit, it is not difficult to see true international understanding from foundational comprehension that can be tested repeatedly in interactive communication between officials representing regions and nations. It goes without saying that our cultural and aesthetic awareness is sharpened, especially in the advanced stages of many foreign language programs.

While its is difficult to comparatively measure this, or to let collected data paint a convincing picture, I am beginning to collect observations and studies in articles.
 
I offer these thoughts and supporting documents, as a step beyond the cogitive and brain building value of foreign-language study, addressed in my

Foreign Languages: An Essential Core Experience
http://www.utm.edu/staff/bobp/french/flsat.html

or the world-of-work preparation value, addressed in my

$$World Languages = Career Opportunities$$ - new
http://www.utm.edu/staff/bobp/french/forlang=$.html



What Is the Social Value of Learning a New Language? (Forbes 6/4/12)
http://www.forbes.com/sites/greggfairbrothers/2012/06/04/what-is-the-social-value-of-learning-a-new-language/

Gabriƛ-Barker & Bielska (2013), 'The Affective Dimension in Second Language Acquisition'
http://www.academia.edu/6011632/Gabri%C5%9B-Barker_and_Bielska_2013_The_Affective_Dimension_in_Second_Language_Acquisition

AFFECTIVE DOMAIN AND SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (She Uban's Chronicles)
https://sheuban.wordpress.com/2009/06/20/affective-domain-and-second-language-acquisition/

Why the Future of American Intellectualism Depends on Study Abroad
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jordan-houston/why-the-future-of-america_b_6994426.html    

Valuing Languages
http://webpages.charter.net/tbob/kingdomsgate.html


Proof That Bilingual Kids Grow up BE More Accepting and Tolerant Adults
http://matadornetwork.com/pulse/proof-bilingual-kids-grow-accepting-tolerant-adults/

The Importance of the Foreign Language Learning Contributing to World Peace
http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED520694

Learning a foreign language helps promote world peace
http://www.rediff.com/getahead/report/career-learning-a-foreign-language-helps-promote-world-peace/20141126.htm

Why students need a global awareness and understanding of other cultures
http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2012/sep/25/students-global-awareness-other-cultures

Foreign Language Learning as a Factor of Intercultural Tolerance
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877042813033879

Language learning for global citizenship: the intercultural and political dimensions of Foreign language education
http://www.academia.edu/395750/Language_learning_for_global_citizenship_the_intercultural_and_political_dimensions_of_Foreign_language_education

America's Distrust of Foreign Languages
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-breslin/americas-distrust-of-fore_b_6018094.html     

Speaking a second language may change how you see the world
http://news.sciencemag.org/brain-behavior/2015/03/speaking-second-language-may-change-how-you-see-world

Is Human Nature Optimistic? People Use More Positive Words Than Negative In 10 Different Languages
http://www.medicaldaily.com/human-nature-optimistic-people-use-more-positive-words-negative-10-different-321442

The Social Dimension in Language Development: A Rich History and a New Frontier
http://udel.edu/~roberta/pdfs/Pruden_Social_Chapter.pdf      

Language and Morality: How Foreign Speech Influences Choice
http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/14296/20140428/language-and-morality-how-foreign-speech-influences-choice.htm

Assessing Language Acquisition and Intercultural Sensitivity Development in Relation to Study Abroad Program Design
http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ891458.pdf    

Reflections on the Emotional and Psychological Aspects of Foreign Language Learning and Use
http://www.academia.edu/967963/Reflections_on_the_Emotional_and_Psychological_Aspects_of_Foreign_Language_Learning_and_Use

Making the grade with language learning, cultural awareness
http://smartblogs.com/education/2013/08/05/making-the-grade-with-language-learning-cultural-awareness/

Striving for the Third Place: Intercultural Competence through Language Education.
http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED432918.pdf     

The Big Five personality traits and foreign language speaking confidence among Japanese EFL students
http://gradworks.umi.com/34/57/3457819.html   

Shifting Cultural Sensibilities in Language Use
http://www.communicaid.com/business-language-courses/blog/shifting-cultural-sensibilities-in-language-use/#.VRD3imZ3XOo

Assessing the Effect of Foreign Language Immersion Programs on Intercultural Sensitivity
http://www.carla.umn.edu/immersion/acie/vol10/nov2006_research_assessing.html    

Impact of Study Abroad on Students' Intercultural Communication Skills: Adaptability and Sensitivity
http://www.aaplac.org/library/WilliamsTracy03.pdf   

Learning in a Globalizing World: Language Acquisition, Cultural Awareness, and Cognitive Justice
https://www.gse.harvard.edu/course/winter-2015/h110g-learning-globalizing-world-language-acquisition-cultural-awareness-and


Leadership Skills Multiply With Language Skills (Forbes 12/3/14) 
http://www.forbes.com/sites/rawnshah/2014/12/03/leadership-skills-multiplies-with-language-skills/ 

Social Dimensions of Autonomy in Language Learning
http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/social-dimensions-of-autonomy-in-language-learning-garold-murray/?K=9781137290229                                           

How relevant is social interaction in second language learning?
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3759854/

The Social and Academic Benefits of Second-Language Learning at the Elementary Level
https://www.nmu.edu/sites/DrupalEducation/files/UserFiles/Files/Pre-Drupal/SiteSections/Students/GradPapers/Projects/Selling_JoeyLynn__MP.pdf

For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Chekhov
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/03/i-know-how-youre-feeling-i-read-chekhov/?smid=fb-share&_r=0

Language And Social Values
http://lang-8.com/eugeniavlasova/journals/429486

Language Learners and Social-Emotional Development: Understanding the Benefits for Young Children
http://www.childtrends.org/dual-language-learners-and-social-emotional-development-understanding-the-benefits-for-young-children/

Learning A New Language Helps Kids Better Understand Psychology, Diversity
http://www.medicaldaily.com/learning-new-language-helps-kids-better-understand-psychology-diversity-317852#.VLfnixT6DPA.facebook

Language awareness and cultural awareness for language learners
http://www.academia.edu/710962/Language_awareness_and_cultural_awareness_for_language_learners

Social Identity, Investment, and Language Learning
http://faculty.educ.ubc.ca/norton/Norton%201995%20p.pdf  


Top 10 Fastest Growing Facebook Languages
http://www.socialbakers.com/blog/1064-top-10-fastest-growing-facebook-languages

7 Social Networks Designed to Help You Learn A New Language
http://www.adweek.com/socialtimes/7-social-language-learning/29269

HOW TO: Learn and Practice Languages Using Social Media
http://mashable.com/2009/06/30/social-media-language-learning/


Robert D. Peckham, PhD
Globe-Gate Research
University of Tennessee at Martin
Made in Tennessee to bring you the world
bobp@utm.edu

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