Want to Teach General Semantics?
You will find the following resources helpful when designing lessons for classes in general semantics. Skilled teachers in general semantics have contributed teaching guides for students of all ages, syllabi, course materials, tutorials, exercises, and handouts. Also included are links to books that aid in the instruction of general semantics.
“Lecture Notes on Teaching General Semantics”
by Lance Strate, Ph.D.
This excellent and detailed outline used for teaching general semantics Dr. Strate employed for many years in his course introducing students to the field of communication. In this outline, he presents general semantics “on its own terms, as a separate topic and unit.” Of note, Dr. Strate bridges general semantics to other communications fields, making for a contextual understanding of general semantics in the field of communication.
“A Continuing Education Guide to Teaching General Semantics”
by Martin H. Levinson, Ph.D.
Each lesson contains an Introduction (for the teacher) of the basic general semantics ideas that will be presented; a Motivation, to begin the lesson; and Activities for the students. A short reference list is included after the lessons for those who want to learn more about general semantics.
“Twelve General Semantics Lessons for Middle School Students”
by Martin H. Levinson, Ph.D.
This curriculum provides twelve science-based general semantics lessons for middle school students. It was developed as part of a research study that used the ideas and techniques of general semantics to reduce feelings of alienation among seventh-, eighth-, and ninth-grade students.
“Seminar: Language, Thought and Culture”
by Eva Berger, Ph.D.
This syllabus (in Hebrew) outlines a seminar that deals with the relationship between symbols, brain, meaning, language, thought, and culture. The first goal of this seminar is to stimulate students’ thinking about the ways in which symbols, especially language, are involved in the process of human thinking and behavior. The second goal is to help students hone their critical thinking, which is closely related to language.
“Cognitive Evaluation and Communication: A K-12 Experiential Communication Curriculum Built upon General Semantic Concepts”
by Frank Gastner, et al.
This curriculum (available online) contains a series of lessons and exercises utilizing a number of basic general semantics formulations. These lessons are designed to accommodate students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. The format introduces students to general semantics formulations pertinent to them in age-appropriate lessons.
Seminar-Workshop Participant Notebook
from June 2006
The following materials come from the June 2006 Seminar-Workshop participant notebook. They include an abundance of lessons and instruction for teaching and learning general semantics.
Tutorials, Exercises & Handouts
- Count the Black Dots (Visual Misevaluating) by Steve Stockdale
- Dimples and Bumps (Visual Misevaluating) by Steve Stockdale
- Two Exercises: 3 Buckets and a Timeline of History by Steve Stockdale
- Exercises in General Semantics by J. Samuel Bois
- Language Revision Worksheet by Ben Hauck
- Four Kinds of ‘Science’ by Stuart A. Mayper & Robert P. Pula
Free Web Books
A guidebook developed by the Postman Enthusiasts Project (PEP) at Fort Myer Elementary to teach students about the behaviors related to language, from a distinctly general semantics perspective.
Beginning lessons in general semantics for junior high and high school students.
Books in the IGS Store
Lively exercises and demonstrations show how to improve our communicating and evaluating. Topics include perception and description, inference chaining, logic and clarity, conflict resolution, and more.
Teaching General Semantics:
A Collection of Lessons Plans for College and Adult Classes
Edited by Mary Morain
Written by teachers, executives, and trainers, this popular teacher’s guide gives you a powerful tool for giving your students power over their own lives.
A fantastic, highly organized overview of general semantics.