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Knowing About Language

Linguistics and the secondary English classroom

Edited by Marcello Giovanelli, Dan Clayton

© 2016 – Routledge

226 pages

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Knowing About Language is an essential and comprehensive introduction to and discussion of the value of linguistics in the secondary and post 16 curriculum. Split into three easily accessible parts, each chapter draws on theoretical and practical reasons for developing language awareness for the teacher and student, the impact of government and institutional policy on teaching and teacher knowledge, and explores recent research about the value of linguistic knowledge to support student attainment. Expert contributors show how recent innovations in linguistics can support language teaching by providing a range of practical ideas that can be used in the classroom.

Knowing About Language is a valuable theoretical, critical and practical guide for the teacher and researcher, and anyone interested in applied linguistics and the study of language in education.Written by authors who are passionate about the value of language study both as a classroom topic and more generally, this book acts as a resource to inform and support teachers in wider aspects of their role by demonstrating the powerfully enabling nature and inherent value of language study and linguistics in secondary and post-16 curricula.

Table of Contents


Ronald Carter


Dan Clayton and Marcello Giovanelli

Part 1: Language and Linguistics in the Secondary School: Theoretical, Historical and Policy-Based Perspectives on the English Curriculum

Chapter 1

The value of linguistics to the teacher

Marcello Giovanelli

Chapter 2

The impact of policy on language teaching in UK schools

Richard Hudson

Chapter 3

The effectiveness of explicit language teaching: Evidence from the research

Debra Myhill

Part 2: Applying Linguistics in the Classroom

Chapter 4


Andrea Macrae

Chapter 5


Billy Clark


Chapter 6

Attitudes to language change and variation

Dan Clayton


Chapter 7

Phonetics and phonology

Ian Cushing and Sam Hellmuth


Chapter 8

Technology and language

Dan Clayton


Chapter 9

Cognitive linguistics

Graeme Trousdale


Chapter 10

Corpus linguistics

Gavin Brookes and Kevin Harvey


Chapter 11

Forensic linguistics

Willem B. Hollmann

Part 3: Linguistics, Teacher Knowledge and Professional Development

Chapter 12

Using silence: Discourse analysis and teachers’ knowledge about classroom discussion

Victoria Elliott and Jenni Ingram

Chapter 13

Narrative interrelation, intertextuality, and teachers’ knowledge about students’ reading

Jessica Mason

Chapter 14

Systemic functional linguistics and teachers’ knowledge about students’ writing

Margaret Berry

Chapter 15

Developing beginning teachers’ linguistic awareness: Issues and practice in ITE

Marcello Giovanelli

Chapter 16

Developing teachers’ linguistic knowledge: Continuous professional development in schools and colleges

Felicity Titjen

Chapter 17

Language and linguistics in higher education: Transition and post-16 English

Angela Goddard

About the Editors

Marcello Giovanelli is Assistant Professor in English Education at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Dan Clayton is a teacher of English Language at The Sixth Form College, Colchester, UK

About the Series

National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE)

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