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General Education and Language Teaching Methodology

The Gdańsk School of ELT

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Edited By Karolina Janczukowicz and Mikołaj Rychło

This book presents a selection of papers on teaching English as a foreign language and the role of language education in human development. As thinking skills rely on language, language education should exceed utilitarian and everyday communicative needs and should be the basis for developing other school subjects. The book provides practical suggestions for language teaching, for the development of logical thinking and the understanding of the linguistic relationship between the first and the second languages in a historical perspective.
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Language education and teaching by the learner’s text creation

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Ryszard Wenzel, University of Gdańsk

The text provides solutions for language education seen as a dominant factor in general education. It is assumed that the higher mental processes are effectively activated when students themselves construct texts which reflect these processes. The techniques of eliciting from students logical reasoning, theoretical explanations, metaphorization, conclusions etc. on the basis of carefully selected source materials are presented together with the possible outcome in the form of their own texts which are expected by the teacher. Both native and second language classes are exemplified in pedagogical detail, lesson scenarios etc.

Key words: learning by text creation, higher mental processes, argumentative-poetic language function, descriptive-semantic language function, selection of source materials, teacher-student cooperation, eliciting students’ production, educing the intellectual and creative potential

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