Language and Social Formation

Focusing on language as an element of culture connects us to our unique geographical location and time in history and highlights language as a profound component in the development of the personality. Participants will draw upon a critical language framework, employ tools to improve nonviolent communication skills, and become active listeners. As the group explores the power of language in self-construction they will become aware of the presence and perpetuation of language bias in our society thus, in turn, becoming critical media consumers. Discerning what types of linguistic tools are being used to influence them, participants can then use these tools to create positive critical media campaigns.



  • Language as an Expression of Culture and Self
  • Critical Language Framework
  • Contextualizing Language
  • Active Listening
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Case Studies in Oppression and Protection of Language