"Language is as important to human beings as water is to fish. Yet, it often seems that we go through life as unaware of language as we suppose the average fish is of the water it swims in. … Language awareness can be defined as an understanding of the human faculty of language and its role in thinking, learning and social life. It includes awareness of power and control through language, and the intricate relationships between language and culture"
(van Lier, 1995 in his book "Introducing Language Awareness").
There are many definitions of 'Language Awareness' or 'awareness of language' and these have also evolved over time. In the Post Primary context, you may find it useful to focus on the following five areas:
In addition to this, the whole area of 'why languages?' can be seen as an awareness of the importance of languages in many spheres of life and work.
Language Awareness as defined by Languagesinireland.ie. Read more
This is a lovely website for both students and teachers. It celebrates de diversity of languages spoken as well as providing lots of information on feasts and traditions. There is also a video bank that allows you see and listen to pupils using their lang ...
Language awareness and inclusive education. Read more
As part of our work we would like to support teachers and schools in raising the profile of languages in post-primary schools. In order to do this, we have compiled a list of suggestions to help modern foreign language teachers raise the profile of langua ...
More arguments in favour of studying languages and being actively plurilingual, from languagesinireland.ie. Read more.
Some notes from Languagesinireland.ie. Read more
Some notes from Languagesinireland.ie . Read more
Some useful notes on the topic from languagesinireland.ie. Read more