Metaphors for language: Raising language awareness of L2 teachers and students

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    Language is one of the intriguing phenomena connecting human beings. Learning foreign languages provides an opportunity to see how other people “cut up the world differently” (Nussbaum 2012: 90) and to better understand one’s own speech community. Unfortunately, Dutch foreign language teaching is often primarily focused on skills acquisition through the drilling of grammar and vocabulary, with little attention to knowledge about language (e.g. identity, power, creativity). We will present our attempt at encouraging FL-teachers-in-training to discuss language in secondary-school classes by eliciting metaphors (Wan & Low 2015) for language from students. You will participate in our experiment and will be asked to provide feedback from 3 points of view: teacher, student and researcher.
    Period1 Apr 2017
    Event titleLook both ways: Narrative and metaphor in education
    Event typeConference
    LocationAmsterdam, NetherlandsShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionInternational