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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Overcoming the Monolingual Bias

In my last post (Translanguaging: Establishing Some Foundations), I highlighted the monolingual bias in language education and discussed the importance of being strategic in employing translanguaging strategies, including through having clear guidelines for when it is appropriate. However, I feel that I did not adequately address the question of why it is important to challenge the monolingual principle in …

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