Metalinguistic Knowledge: More Layers

By Melissa J. Enns In my recent post about metalinguistic knowledge, I introduced the concept and made a case for its relevance for language teachers and learners. I suggested that at least some metalinguistic instruction is beneficial to learners. Now, I will expand on that claim and the concept of metalinguistic knowledge, while suggesting some …

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Metalinguistic Knowledge: A Deeper Understanding of Language

by Melissa J. Enns   The concept of metalinguistic knowledge may be one many language teachers haven't heard of before. However, it is implicit to many language-teaching practices, so perhaps it deserves more attention. What is metalinguistic knowledge? A breakdown using the Online Etymology Dictionary reveals that "metalinguistic" comes from Greek meta, which in Latin took …

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Multilingual Language Awareness

Recently, I did a presentation on Ofelia García's (2008) encyclopedia entry on "Multilingual Language Awareness and Teacher Education." A few of García's points really stuck out to me as crucial not just to language education, but to education as a whole. With that in mind, I decided to share them along with some of my own thoughts. The …

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