Stories about Language: Raising Learners’ Language Awareness Using Metaphor

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Within our diverse multilingual and international contexts, there is a need for knowledge about and competence in languages. At the same time, appreciation for language education in the Netherlands is waning. Different parties argue that the curriculum is too narrowly geared towards the practice of skills and strategies, while students should be offered a broader perspective on the phenomenon of language that, ideally, sparks their imagination. This essay presents a case study aimed at raising secondary school students’ awareness of language. Through the use of metaphor elicitation, young language learners were invited to explore different ‘stories behind language.’
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNarrative and metaphor in education
Subtitle of host publicationLook Both Ways
EditorsMichael Hanne, Anna Kaal
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780429459191
ISBN (Print)9781138310872
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018


  • Narrative
  • Metaphor
  • foreign language learning
  • education


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