Middlebury

 

Learning Goals

- to become more cognizant and attentive users of their native and foreign languages by discovering the grammatical and pragmatic mechanisms at work in every linguistic communication;

- to familiarize themselves with the history of the linguistic science and a wide number of scientific approaches to data collection, analysis, and interpretation on every level of language structure and use;

- to develop analytical, critical thinking, and problem solving skills and use them in various individual research assignments that involve gathering, analyzing, and interpreting linguistic data in light of contemporary language-related theories;

- to make meaningful conceptual and method-related connections across social sciences (anthropology, economics, history, pedagogy, political science, psychology, sociology) as they all contribute to our understanding of language;

- to recognize and dispel commonly held misconceptions about languages and linguistic varieties across regions and history;

- to appreciate and respect the diversity of human linguistic heritage and see the underlying systematics of all linguistic structures.