TSL701 Linguistics for Language Teaching


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A foundation in linguistics, particularly systems of English grammar, is essential knowledge for the teacher in analysing texts and evaluating their students’ language competencies. The approach in this subject is based on a functional model of language.
The functional model of language claims that because language is for getting things done, the structures of language should be seen as organised for that purpose; namely its functions. This is different to formal theories of grammar in that it demonstrates what language does and then identifies the elements of grammar that are used to carry them out. It looks at how language is used in communication and how the parts of language relate to each other to fulfil their roles in communication.