Language AwarenessRSS

"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:

  • a world of languages - many languages around us and in the world, language families, similarities and differencies, including written (script) and oral form
  • my languages and how I learn languages - language learning strategies
  • 'knowlege about' the target language and 'how the language works' - including a comparative approach with other  languages, particular those known by the students
  • 'pragmatics' - the appreciation of register, genre,...
  • enjoying language and playing with language - emphasis on form (written and oral), poetry, word games, tongue twisters,...

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.

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