learners, as well as those who struggle with higher order language processing,
often experience difficulties when shifting to more abstract ways of
learning. Difficulties may arise
when multiple meanings are used in conversation or when reading. Consequently, “reading between the
lines” or searching for a deeper meaning can be a challenge. Additionally, concrete or rigid ways of
thinking can create miscommunication.
It’s easy to misunderstand someone’s intended meaning when they are
being sarcastic or they are using unfamiliar vocabulary. I’m sure you have had one of those
ah-ha moments in life where you thought, “Oh, that’s what she meant!” Finally, difficulties interpreting jokes, puns, or inferences can lead
to one feeling confused or embarrassed.
I am sure we all know of a time when someone told a joke and although we
laughed along with everyone else, we did not really “get it.”
this important skill is a process for many students, it does not have to be awkward
or difficult. In fact, practicing abstract
thinking can be fun. That is
the goal of my new workbook Abstract Thinking and Multiple Meanings: Developing Higher Order Language and Mental Flexibility Through Critical Thinking and Visualization. It was
written to engage learners and help them to conceptualize and practice higher
order language skills.