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Language Education

Controversies, Observations and Proposals

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Edited By Danuta Stanulewicz, Karolina Janczukowicz and Małgorzata Rocławska-Daniluk

This collection of papers explores various issues in English language teaching in Poland, mainly at the secondary and tertiary levels. The topics include Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), English for Specific Purposes (ESP), and e-learning. The contributions also deal with teaching public speaking, pronunciation and writing. The contributors explore language education from the perspective of cognitive linguistics and propose solutions concerning English for Specific Purposes (Technical Writing in English and Maritime English) as well. The book also investigates teaching not only languages but also, inter alia, geography and linguistics, concentrating on the use of metaphors, prototypes and cognitive models.

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Prototypes and their educational role in animated films for children: A case study of CARS (Joanna Redzimska)

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Prototypes and their educational role in animated films for children: A case study of CARS

Joanna Redzimska

University of Gdańsk

Abstract: Learning and teaching have always been a challenge. The system of education has been making an attempt to comply to the expectations of this challenge, especially when this situation has been prompted by continuous socio-cultural changes. The chapter treats of the presentation of prototypes in media, to be more precise of the role of prototypical representations in the educational process of children.

The adopted approach is from the cognitive and pragmatic perspective, with special focus on such issues as the difference between prototypes and cognitive model profiles and their relation to cultural questions. A central theoretical part concerns also the joint attentional frame. The proposed thesis assumes that animated films for children (in this case CARS film provides data for the analytical part) promote culture-based prototypes and they play a significant role in the process of education, especially when social aspects of this process are taken into consideration.

Keywords: animated films for children, cognitive model profile, joint attentional frame, prototypes

1. Introduction

Along with the development of technology, the process of education has changed its form and methods. What follows is that traditional books are being replaced by tablets and PCs, teachers use interactive whiteboards to introduce new material, especially during foreign languages classes. One of the socio-cultural reasons explaining this...

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