Language for Humanizing: Learning Values, Attitudes and Sensibilities

By Saroj Thakur and Aushima Thakur.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The right choice of words not only goes a long way in developing a right kind of attitude but is also helpful in developing the much needed social intelligence that plays a vital role in developing better social relations. The learning of language is one of our most basic capacities and skills, and it is largely through language that we learn how to organize our experiences, how to perceive what is going on around us, how to label external events and internal feelings, in short how to think. It is through language that we learn values, what we should aspire or not aspire for, how to interpret our experiences and give it meaning, how to relate to other human beings and precisely how to manage feelings. Teachers who are comfortable with and who understand their own emotions and the emotions of others, in other words teachers who are emotionally intelligent, are certainly going to be better at teaching these skills to children. I think it would be very hard for a teacher to deal with all this emotional content if they were uncomfortable dealing with it themselves. The kind of language that a teacher makes use of while describing a situation, would make an everlasting impact on the psyche of a child. Research shows that emotions are contagious. This is a simple, common-sense statement. But its very simplicity tempts us to overlook its profound implications for education. Sensing what others feel without their saying so captures the basis of human side of communication. This paper aims at studying the impact of language in teaching values, attitude and sensibility as these make us humans in the real sense.

Keywords: Language, Humanizing, Emotional Intelligence, Values, Attitude, Sensibilities, Managing Men, Success, Communication, Feelings

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 7, pp.49-54. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 488.300KB).

Dr. Saroj Thakur

Lecturer (Selection Grade), Departement of Applied Science and Humanities, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh, India

I, Dr. Saroj Thakur, is at present teaching Communication Skills at National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh. I have almost 25 years of teaching and research experience and have participated in number of National and International Conferences. My interest areas include Women Studies, the Mahabharata studies and Communication Skills. Besides having a Doctrate in English literature, I have completed Masters in Hindi Literature in First Division and also another Masters in Sociology, again in First Division. I have also done Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resourse Management. I firmly believe that a teacher remains a learner throughout her life and it is this quest to learn more that at present I am doing another Masters in Public Administration. The guiding principle of my life is that there is always a scope of improvement in everyone and at all levels.

Aushima Thakur

Online sales operation and training specialist (temp), Training Team Hyderabad, Google India, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

I, Aushima Thakur, am working as Online sales operation and training specialist, on temporary basis, with Google India. I have completed my Masters in English Literature from Panjab University, Chandigarh and am also enrolled for Doctrate from the same University. I am interested in creative jobs and find something worthwhile even in what others think to be useless. I love my job as it aims at bringing an improvement in language related skills of learners.

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