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Language Arts

"It is impossible to say just what I mean!
But as if a magic lantern threw the nerves in patterns on a screen:"
- T.S. Eliot

We live in a fast paced age alongside high tech gadgets, computers, smart phones and other devices that are constantly re-shaping language and fragmenting it through newer forms. This has caused a crisis in meaning making and interpretation. What do words mean and how do cultural contexts impart meaning? Language Arts is a vibrant space that connects and transforms languages, cultures with the process of interpretation.

Art is the way an idea is expressed whether it is done through films, music, painting or poetry while the purpose of language is to communicate the idea not only with clarity but also with eloquence and exuberance. Put together, language arts support meaning making and draws attention to the processes that people use everyday to listen, understand and interpret. The activities of listening, writing, reading, speaking and viewing contribute to effective communication. Language arts, not only focuses on linguistic practices, it also draws attention to language as a form.

Language is an important tool for thinkers, makers and innovators and an ability to grapple with meaning at several layers can open up multiple opportunities in the contemporary global environment.