The Sociocultural Content of a
Discourse-Centered Multimedia Language Curriculum
Presenter: Roger Andersen
Affiliation: University of California at Los Angeles
This presentation focuses on one of the most engaging and complex scenes of a twenty-scene ethnographic film we made in Bolivia in 1989 to develop a discourse-centered language curriculum. The purpose: to explore how the rich sociocultural content of natural interaction might be made accessible to learners of an uncommonly taught language - in this case, Quechua, the language of the descendants of the Incas and the most widely spoken indigenous language of the Americas and with the largest number of speakers (around 11 million).