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The Essential Enthymeme

Propositions for Educating Students in a Modern World

Edited By Jorge Juan Vega y Vega

The enthymeme in education is essential because it reflects what humans do when they think. It informs not only how we make inferences about the world to discover new knowledge, but also how we express those discoveries to influence the minds of others. Thus, the enthymeme provides an effective pedagogical approach to the analysis and synthesis of ideas in the classroom. In this volume, such an approach is applied to composition instruction, second-language learning, advertising, specialized medical texts, and detective fiction to help prepare students for the challenges of modern life. (Michael D. Hood)

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Chapter 6. Language, Image and Reasoning: Learning with Enthymemes (Jorge Juan Vega y Vega)

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Jorge Juan Vega y Vega Chapter 6. Language, Image and Reasoning: Learning with Enthymemes Canary Islands will certainly soon surpass other Spanish provinces, currently proud of their comprehensive educational system, if the Archipelago continues in the same line, that is, if the number of secular, primary schools keeps on gradually increasing. (Eugène Pégot-Ogier, 1869) The Integrated Method for Image Analysis (see Chapter 7) has proved to be an efficient approach in the language classroom, either native or foreign. It is certainly a learning approach that students can integrate and apply in daily situations, be it personal, public, educational, or occupational.1 This method has gradually caught the attention of docent fellows, former stu- dents who have become teachers, and a number of students from France and Spain. In this chapter, we are not going to delve into the method’s philosophical-discursive fundamentals – its ultimate relationship between things and words, nature and culture, cognition and language, etc. – but to demonstrate and emphasize the efficiency, use, and interest behind this Method in a scientific, educational fashion. In this respect, we will explain the most salient characteristics and the array of disciplines to which it can be applied within education, ranging from nursery and elementary levels to higher education as well as vocational training programs. In the cur- rent globalized world, marked by intense, social and historical changes and challenges, our primary goal remains the same: to help students learn a language by learning how to see the world in order to...

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