Teaching Grammar, Structure and Meaning : Exploring theory by Marcello Giovanelli

By Marcello Giovanelli

Teaching Grammar, constitution and which means introduces lecturers to a few easy rules from the more and more renowned box of cognitive linguistics as a fashion of explaining and educating key grammatical recommendations. rather appropriate for these educating post-16 English Language, this booklet bargains a technique for instructing key features of linguistic shape and an intensive set of studying actions. Written by way of an experienced linguist and instructor, this booklet contains:

· an overview of present techniques to the instructing of grammar and linguistic form

· a revised pedagogy in accordance with rules from cognitive technological know-how and cognitive linguistics

· a complete set of actions and assets to aid the instructing of key linguistic subject matters and textual content types

· an in depth set of feedback for extra studying and a consultant to to be had resources

Arguing for using drama, position play, gesture, power dynamics, and visible and spatial representations as methods of permitting scholars to appreciate grammatical positive aspects, this e-book explores and analyses language use in a number of textual content varieties, genres and contexts. This leading edge method of instructing features of grammar is aimed toward English academics, scholar lecturers and instructor trainers.

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What advantages could it have in the classroom? And how might it be useful in a way that isn’t confusing and too difficult for both teacher and student? At this stage, it would be useful to distinguish between what Carter (1982: 8) calls ‘teaching linguistics’ and ‘having linguistics as a foundation for classroom language 36 Teachers and cognitive linguistics teaching’. The aim of the rest of this book is not to persuade readers that sixth formers (nor indeed younger or older students) should necessarily be studying cognitive linguistics as a branch of linguistics itself.

The discipline offers a way of combining the experiential and the conceptual into a coherent pedagogy, building from the assumption that if language and meaning are embodied then it would be advantageous for teachers to think of their learning activities in these terms. Put this way, these ideas become important tools per se by which teachers can plan lessons, and by which students can make sense of the nature of language and patterns in texts they come across. This type of pedagogy also can easily be aligned to two important theoretical positions.

As I also explained, the pedagogies associated with this form of language study played a large role in the demise of explicit grammar and language teaching in schools, and its subsequent devaluing by the teaching profession. Advances in linguistic theory in higher education in the middle of the twentieth century presented more scientific models of language that could offer alternative pedagogical ones. In the US, though not in the UK, structural grammar and generative grammar became established as alternatives to traditional grammar in educational discourse and practice, although it is debatable whether they had any meaningful value and impact in the classroom (Hancock and Kolln 2010).

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