A grammatics 'good enough' for school English in the 21st century: Four challenges in realising the potential
Macken-Horarik, Mary Rose, Love, Kristina and Unsworth, Len. (2011). A grammatics 'good enough' for school English in the 21st century: Four challenges in realising the potential. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy. 34(1), pp. 9 - 23.
|Authors||Macken-Horarik, Mary Rose, Love, Kristina and Unsworth, Len|
In a complex communicational environment and at the dawn of an Australian curriculum, teachers need new kinds of knowledge about language (KAL). Our paper investigates the character of a 'good enough' KAL through 'grammatics' - a metalanguage based on careful study of grammar - a way of thinking with grammar in mind. It identifies four challenges facing any grammatics that is going to be adequate to the discipline: (1) Building a coherent account of KAL for contemporary English; (2) Fashioning a rhetorical grammatics for improving students' compositions; (3) Improving continuity and cumulative learning through the years of schooling; and (4) Developing a grammatics adequate to multimodal communication. Our paper draws on the resources of systemic functional grammatics to explore these challenges and considers the implications for teachers and students.
|Journal||Australian Journal of Language and Literacy|
|Journal citation||34 (1), pp. 9 - 23|
|Publisher||Australian Literacy Educators' Association|
|Web address (URL)||https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=729463172935631;res=IELAPA|
|Page range||9 - 23|
|Research Group||Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE)|
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|Place of publication||Australia|
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