Tapping Into the First Language

By Melissa Enns For those who are newer to this blog, a topic that has been of great interest to me is translanguaging. I have written a series of posts on the topic and will be referring to several of them today, as they might be helpful to build a broader understanding of the topic. …

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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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