Applying cognitive linguistics to second language learning and teaching jeannette littlemore. Littlemore earned her phd in english language teaching at thames valley. This collection of twelve papers demonstrates that the concepts developed within the cognitive linguistics movement afford an insightful perspective on several important areas of second language acquisition and pedagogy. Identify and know theoretical constructs necessary for choosing teaching strategies standard 3. The relevance of cognitive grammar for language pedagogy.
Although cognitive linguistics is a new marginal discipline which has a history of twenty years or so, it does not only broaden our belief about the word cognition, but also has striking influence on the study of the process of second and foreign language learning and teaching. Cognitive linguistics is a relatively new discipline which is rapidly becoming mainstream and influential, particularly in the area of second language teaching. In this introductory article, we explore some of the current, most relevant topics in applied cloriented studies grouped into three main strands. Applying cognitive linguistics and tasksupported language teaching to instruction of english conditional phrases view open viewopen. A probe into classroom teaching and second language. Here the key lies in understanding how the target language cognitive system works, and how it differs from the learners first language system. This paper applies cognitive linguistics insights to grammatical instruction of the verb find and its complementation in communicative activities, searching for.
Taylor 4 cognitive grammar as a basis for language instruction 66 ronald w. Applying theories of language and learning to teaching. Applied cognitive linguistics and foreign language learning. The first part of the book introduces the basics of cognitive linguistic theory in a way that is geared toward second language teachers and researchers. Then it moves on to examine the ways the various theoretical insights of cognitive linguistics can practically be applied to language teaching at english departments, with the focus being primarily on the syntactic and the lexical levels. Classroom teaching and second language acquisition 3. Pdf applied cognitive linguistics and foreign language. The change of curriculum standards has become a great concern for chinese teachers of english as a foreign language efl and language learners, since this may influence their teaching and learning. Some findings from cognitive linguistics lend further support to existing language teaching methodologies, whereas others have led to intriguing suggestions for alternative ways of. Applying cognitive linguistics to learning the semantics. Cognitive linguistics, second language acquisition, and. Her research examines the ways that metaphor is misunderstood by learners of english. The development of english language teaching skills for.
Cognitive linguistics cl is based on the assumption that meaning is embodied and attempts to explain facts about language in terms of other properties and mechanisms of the human mind and body. Applying cognitive linguistics to second language learning and teaching also by jeannette littlemore ict and language. Preposition acquisition in an esl context with arabic learners 3 abstract teaching prepositions in the context of english as a foreign language esl can be particularly challenging. Cognitive linguistics is a relatively new discipline which is rapidly becoming. Applying cognitive linguistics to second language learning and teaching ebok. This book looks at how cognitive linguistics can inform our teaching, and lead to intriguing suggestions for alternative ways of presenting grammar and vocabulary in the language classroom. Applying cognitive linguistics to teaching english.
Secondlanguage acquisition is just a special case of more general learning and employs cognitive abilities used in nonlinguistic tasks langacker, 1999. A cognitive linguistics application for second language. This framework provides a holistic view on language and conceptualization relevant to language teaching. The key concepts commonly invoked in cognitive analyses such as the usagebased conception of grammar, the radial organization of categories, metaphors, or cultural scripts, do not only represent powerful constructs within which the process of second language acquisition can be valuably investigated, but also allow teachers to successfully. Cognitive linguistics and second language learning. Applying cognitive linguistics to second language learning and teaching elektronisk resurs. Cognitive linguistics and second language learning and. The present research explored the ability of arabicspeaking students to understand. Jeannette littlemore is a british scholar of english and applied linguistics, whose work focuses on the interpretation of figurative language, including metaphor and metonymy, as it relates to second language learning and teaching. Buy applying cognitive linguistics to second language learning and teaching 2009 by littlemore, jeannette isbn. Cognitive linguistic approaches to teaching vocabulary.
Applying cognitive linguistics to second language learning and teaching jeannette littlemore auth. While supporting existing methods in language teaching and learning, applied cognitive linguistics offers alternative ways of presenting and working with grammar and vocabulary in the language classroom. Littlemore 2009, in her published book, applying cognitive linguistics to second language learning and teaching regarded cognitive linguistics as a dominant branch within linguistics, mainly in. The english preposition tutor man ho ivy wong, ahelen zhao, and brian macwhinneyb athe chinese university of hong kong and bcarnegie mellon university this study investigated the effects of teaching english prepositions using schematic. Methods of second language teaching for graduate students majoring in linguistics. Langacker 5 word grammar, cognitive linguistics, and second language learning and teaching 89 richard hudson. Hung 2017 applied cognitive linguistic approach to teaching the metaphors of the ten. Cognitivecode approach refers to a theory of second language teaching and learning as a ferment of cognitivist psychology, structural applied linguistic, chomskys theories developed in the 1960s. These standards are theoretically based on sociocultural theory sct cheng, 2012.
On teaching strategies in second language acquisition. In hindsight, behaviorism and conditioning do have a stake in language learning, but not to the extent that disregards the mental aspects of learning. Demonstrate an understanding of how second language acquisition theory effects practice and daily classroom instruction standards 1. Second language acquisition sla involves the study of the cognitive. Cognitive approaches to pedagogical grammar elektronisk resurs berlin, new york. As a conclusion, cognitive linguistics shares many facets with applied linguistics. Cognitive linguistics offers a way out of the dilemma between helpful, productive linguistics and helpless, unproductive linguistics in second language pedagogy. As for which way is more importance, we need to know their learning environment. An understanding of second language acquisition can improve the ability of mainstream teachers to serve the.
Applying cognitive linguistics to second language learning. Applying cognitive linguistics and tasksupported language. Applying cognitive linguistics to second language teaching. Request pdf applying cognitive linguistics to second language learning and teaching cognitive linguistics is a relatively new discipline which is rapidly. A radically different view of the language system is found in a cognitive linguistic approach. So behaviorism and structural linguistics are the philosophies that created the teaching method of alm. Cognitive approaches to second language acquisition in. Cognitive linguistics and its applications to second. The approach to language and language acquisition known as cognitive linguistics cl has had an increasing impact on the fields of second language acquisition sla and foreign language teaching. Cognitive linguistics and cognition 25 2 aspects of attention in language 27 leonard talmy 3 prototypes in cognitive linguistics 39 john r. Language learning issn 00238333 empirical study a cognitive linguistics application for second language pedagogy. Cognitivecode approach has some advantages over the. A cognitive linguistic approach to classroom english.
Two crucial issues for lsp practitioners are the relevance of linguistic theories to second language acquisition sla, second language teaching. Review of cognitive linguistics and second language learning. In the first part of the book, three papers show how three cognitive linguistics constructs provide a useful theoretical frame within which second language acquisition data. Cognitive linguistics and second language learning andrea tylers book, cognitive linguistics and second language learning, provides a clear introduction to theoretical basics of cognitive linguistics cl and the pedagogical application of. Applying cognitive linguistics to second language learning and. Theory of second language acquisition the first area we will discuss will be the central focus of this volume, second language acquisition theory. Applying cognitive linguistics to second language learning and teaching. The myth of language universals language diversity and its importance for cognitive science learning and teaching aspects of cognitive learning theory a cognitive approach to situation awareness theory and application cognitive linguistics and the second language classroom school consultation for student success. Sociocultural theory applied to second language learning. It not only makes an insights into second language acquisition, but it also sets background for english language teaching. In recent years, cognitive linguistics cl has established itself not only as a solid theoretical approach but also as an important source from which different applications to other fields have emerged. Bridges between cognitive linguistics and second language. The main objectives of this course are leading the students to comprehend the principles and teaching techniques of 3 teaching methodologies. In the last several decades, vast amounts of effort have been devoted to both theorizing and empirical research concerning various aspects of the teaching and learning of second or foreign language.
Use sophisticated understanding of second language acquisition theory in the creation of. The second part of the book provides experimental evidence of the usefulness of applying cognitive linguistics to the teaching of english. Review of cognitive linguistics and second language. Jeannette littlemores new book is the first comprehensive monograph dealing with the application of cognitive linguistics cl to the area of second language learning teaching. Second language acquisition is just a special case of more general learning and employs cognitive abilities used in non linguistic tasks langacker, 1999.157 923 1130 28 1064 970 603 554 420 1389 19 1319 1319 601 91 1420 250 19 1271 252 1003 111 131 1383 955 1406 676 730 311 451 1088 383 1173 524 635 289 1463 755 958