Books

Developing Language and Literacy in English across the secondary school curriculum by Urszula Clark

This book draws on original research and a language based pedagogy approach to examine how secondary schools in the UK can devise and implement coherent language and literacy across curriculum policies and strategies, so that grammar and associated metalanguage becomes an integral part of their day to day curriculum practices. The research was undertaken in three 11 to 18 secondary schools in England, where the majority of students are categorised as having English as a second language (EAL), and where a significant minority are also socially disadvantaged in two of the three. The author argues that paying explicit attention to the linguistic structures through which subject knowledge is realised can be of benefit to all pupils in ways that are also socially just and democratic. This book provides an important bridge between academic theory and educational practice that will appeal to applied linguists and sociolinguists, as well as to teachers, teacher trainers and practitioners.

Subject Literacy in Culturally Diverse Secondary Schools: supporting EAL learners by Esther Daborn, Sally Zacharias and Hazel Crichton.

This book supports teachers of all subject specialisms to consolidate their existing knowledge of language and shows them how to develop skills to use language to build subject knowledge at secondary level. Tasks guide the reader to think about the language we use for different purposes, and how we use it to describe, explain and learn about our world. This paves an accessible way for subject-related language to become more visible and enables readers to use accessible terminology to confidently talk about it, as well as modelling it and guiding the development of its use with all learners, including those with English as an Additional Language (EAL). Starting from basic educational principles, the book asks readers to consider the processes of learning and why every good teacher needs knowledge about language to support this, addressing a range of questions including: Who are the EAL learners? What are the processes of language development? How is language used to present and discuss knowledge in my subject? Why does every good teacher need knowledge about language to support subject literacy? The authors provide examples, discovery tasks, reflections and templates for activities, to help the reader identify the tools they need to set up a framework for scaffolding pupils’ language development. With a progression plan, directed tasks, and formative feedback, this framework provides a template for classroom practice and further professional development.

Teaching English Language and Literature 16-19. Edited by Furzeen Ahmed, Marcello Giovanelli, Megan Mansworth & Felicity Titjen.

This book offers both a scholarly and practical overview of an integrated language and literature approach in the 16-19 English classroom. Providing a comprehensive overview of the identity of the subject, it outlines the pedagogical benefits of studying a unified English at post-16 and provides case studies of innovative classroom practice across a range of topics and text types.

Including contributions from practising teachers and higher education practitioners with extensive experience of the post-16 classroom and drawing on a range of literature, this book covers the teaching of topics such as:

  • Mind style in contemporary fiction
  • Comparative poetry analysis
  • Insights from linguistic cohesion
  • Criticality through creative response

Metaphor in Foreign Language Instruction. Edited by Ana María Piquer-Píriz & Rafael Alejo-González

Exploring the role that metaphor plays in our linguistic and conceptual systems from a Cognitive Linguistics (CL)-oriented perspective has attracted a great deal of attention for the past three decades. The analysis of the applications of some theoretical tenets of CL (mainly the notion of linguistic motivation) has been particularly fruitful in foreign language (L2) instruction. However, despite some important research findings related to the presentation of word meanings as systematically connected, metaphor is still rarely included as an important part of language courses designed for L2 learners. This volume explores the important role of metaphor in L2 instruction by presenting both theoretical accounts and empirical studies into the topic. Part I comprises four theoretical chapters that touch upon issues of continuing relevance to the discipline (e.g. why metaphor is relevant for L2 learners and how it can be effectively taught) and introduce areas in need of further research (metaphor in L2 instruction in languages other than English or metaphor and young L2 learners). Part II consists of eight empirical studies that illustrate methodological challenges and best practices when analyzing metaphor in real L2 contexts.

Making Language Visible in the University: English for Academic Purposes and Internationalisation (New Perspectives on Language and Education Book 82) by Bee Bond.

This book focuses on the nexus of language, disciplinary content and knowledge communication against the background of the economic, cultural and ideological forces of Higher Education’s current push for internationalisation. It suggests the need for a greater synergy between language and content experts and argues that change needs to be implemented through policy rather than on an ad-hoc basis by individual teachers. It is a call to action for English for Academic Purposes practitioners to find a way out of the silo of their own centres and work to assert influence over the wider context in which they work. The book begins and ends in the practice of teaching, with a focus throughout on understanding the barriers and enablers to that practice within a particular context.

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