Academic journal article et Cetera

A Continuing Education Guide to Teaching General Semantics

Academic journal article et Cetera

A Continuing Education Guide to Teaching General Semantics

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Martin H. Levinson. A Continuing Education Guide to Teaching General Semantics. Forest Hills. NY: Institute of General Semantics, 2014.

From its beginnings in 1933, when general semantics was formally introduced to the world with the publication of Science and Sanity, Alfred Korzybski and his students considered GS a practical discipline, to be used by individuals, groups, and organizations to solve problems and make productive decisions. The first two popular books on the subject- The Tyranny of Words by Stuart Chase and Language in Thought and Action by S. 1. Hayakawa-reflected the pragmatic approach, as each author employed GS to examine and assess the influence of language on thought and behavior. The author of A Continuing Guide to Teaching General Semantics continues this tradition of having GS used in practical ways.

The guide contains twelve continuing education lessons in general semantics. Each lesson includes an Introduction (for the teacher) of the basic GS ideas to be presented, a Motivation to begin the lesson, and Suggested Activities for students. There is also an Annotated GS Bibliography that can be used to supplement the instruction. …

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