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
Chapter One: Implicit and Explicit Language Teaching
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
Chapter Five: Integrationism, New Media Art and Learning to Read Arabic
Chapter Six: Teaching a Foreign Language: A Tentative Enterprise
Chapter Seven: Assessing Students’ Writing: Just More Grubby Verbal Hygiene?
Chapter Eight: Integrational Linguistics and Language Teaching
Notes on Contributors
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.