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Language Teaching
Integrational Linguistic Approaches

Edited By

Michael Toolan

ISBN 9780415808064
Published August 16, 2011 by Routledge
190 Pages

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Book Description

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


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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.