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Language Teaching

Integrational Linguistic Approaches, 1st Edition

Edited by Michael Toolan


190 pages

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This book demonstrates the relevance of an integrational linguistic perspective to a practical, real-world need, namely the learning of languages. Integrational linguistics’ shunning of both realist and structuralist theories of language, its commitment to an unwavering attention to the perspective of the language user, and its adherence to a semiology in which signs are the situated products of interactants interpretive behaviour, mean that it radically reconceptualizes language learning and language teaching. Detractors have implied that IL is so ‘philosophical’ or ‘theoretical’ an exercise that it has no useful bearing on the practical problems of language learning. These papers refute that misconception by demonstrating how an IL stance can help disentangle the conflicting considerations and contradictory assumptions that arise in a host of language teaching situations: first, second- and foreign-language classrooms in a diversity of settings (including India, Australia, the United States, and Hong Kong), with different age-groups of students, whether the focus is on speech or writing, and in more informal settings.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Language Teaching and Integrational Linguistics

Michael Toolan

Chapter One: Implicit and Explicit Language Teaching

Roy Harris

Chapter Two: Learning to Write: Integrational Linguistics and the Indian Subcontinent

Rukmini Bhaya Nair

Chapter Three: Language Learning, Grammar, and Integrationism

Daniel R. Davis

Chapter Four: Grammaticality and the English Teacher in Hong Kong: An Integrationist Analysis

Christopher Hutton

Chapter Five: Integrationism, New Media Art and Learning to Read Arabic

Sally Pryor

Chapter Six: Teaching a Foreign Language: A Tentative Enterprise

Edda Weigand

Chapter Seven: Assessing Students’ Writing: Just More Grubby Verbal Hygiene?

Michael Toolan

Chapter Eight: Integrational Linguistics and Language Teaching

Charles Owen

Notes on Contributors


About the Editor

Michael Toolan is Head of the Department of English at the University of Birmingham. His books include Total Speech: An Integrational Linguistic Approach to Language (1996), Language in Literature (1998), and Narrative (2nd edition: 2001). His Narrative Progression in the Short Story: A Corpus Stylistic Approach is forthcoming from Benjamins.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Communication and Linguistic Theory

Routledge Advances in Communication and Linguistic Theory presents an integrationist approach to problems of language and communication. Integrationism has emerged in recent years as a radically innovative theoretical position. It challenges the most basic assumptions underlying orthodox twentieth-century linguistics, including those taken for granted by leading structuralists, post-structuralists and generativists. According to integrationists, human communication is an essentially creative enterprise: it relies very little on the 'codes', 'systems', 'habits' and 'rules' postulated by orthodox theorists. Instead, integrationists see the communicative life of each individual as part of a continuous attempt to integrate the present with the past and the future. The success of this attempt depends crucially on the ability to contextualise on-going events rather than on any mastery of established conventions.
The books in this series are aimed at a multidisciplinary readership comprising those engaged in study, teaching and research in the humanities and social sciences, including anthropology, the arts, education, linguistics, literary studies, philosophy and psychology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General