Language Awareness

Authored by: Agneta M-L. Svalberg

The Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415747394
eBook ISBN: 9781315676203
Adobe ISBN: 9781317384472


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In this chapter, I will first define Language Awareness (LA) and provide a brief history of it as a movement in a social context. The next section looks at the theoretical foundations of LA, including cognitive and sociocultural aspects of LA and how individual learners/language users construct their LA. I then address issues of research and teaching; LA is discussed from a complexity perspective before the focus shifts to an LA approach in the language classroom. There are links and references to how LA has been implemented and some examples of common tasks and techniques. Throughout the chapter, I will show that despite their very wide range and diverse manifestations, LA approaches have common theoretical and ideological foundations in first language classrooms (e.g. James and Garrett, 2013) and in second and foreign language classrooms (e.g. Wallace (2013) on critical LA; Eslami-Rasekh (2005) on pragmatic LA; Svalberg (2005) and Zangoei et al. (2014) on consciousness raising).

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