Neue Wege für Sprachunterricht und Ausbildung
‘But sometimes this potential is not used at all’. Views on linguistics in EFL teacher training and teaching
Rolf Kreyer, Philipps-Universität Marburg Barbara Ann Güldenring, Philipps-Universität Marburg
‘But sometimes this potential is not used at all’ Views on linguistics in EFL teacher training and teaching
Linguistics plays a major role in any foreign language teaching degree. However, in contrast to disciplines like literary studies or language practice, students usually will not have any linguistic experience from their secondary schooling. What is more, students are aware of the fact that as future teachers they will not explicitly teach linguistic content. Linguistics, thus, obtains a special role in comparison to other subjects in a language teaching degree. On the basis of pilot study surveys conducted with EFL students, student teachers and teachers the present paper wants to explore this special role and wants to reflect on the relevance of linguistics for foreign language teaching. It is found that linguistics, similarly to other disciplines that are part of EFL studies, is usually regarded as relevant by most of the informants, even though linguistics, in comparison to the other subjects, seems to be assessed as slightly less relevant. Moreover, with an increase in teaching experience (from students to student teachers and teachers), linguistics seems to lose some of its relevance. In light of these findings, the paper argues that linguistics for teachers should be regarded and taught as a set of skills rather than a content area, thereby fostering an understanding and an appreciation of the many ways in which a successful...
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