1st Edition

Knowing About Language Linguistics and the secondary English classroom

Edited By Marcello Giovanelli, Dan Clayton Copyright 2016
    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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