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Language awareness in a comprehensive approach to language teaching and learning

Language awareness in a comprehensive approach to language teaching and learning
Language awareness in a comprehensive approach to language teaching and learning

The importance of language awareness has been highlighted in the most recent policy document of the European Commission, in response to the disappointing progress of European citizens towards the aim of proficiency in a first language and in two other languages. Language awareness has a long history and many meanings and is well placed to draw together a range of strategies aiming to improve language learning and teaching in European education. This paper argues that the broad scope of language awareness provides both opportunities and challenges for educators and policy makers. It examines the experience of language awareness in the UK and suggests lessons that might be learned from its achievements and from the challenges it encountered. In particular, targeted initiatives will be required to explore the barriers that remain to be overcome, new research will be required, along with the development of tools, strategies and collaborations to extend language awareness into areas where it can bring fresh benefits.

Collaboration, European Commission, Language awareness, Language policy, Language proficiency, Learning strategies
1826-6223
37-54
Kelly, Michael
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Kelly, Michael
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Kelly, Michael (2019) Language awareness in a comprehensive approach to language teaching and learning. Journal of E-Learning and Knowledge Society, 15 (1), 37-54. (doi:10.20368/1971-8829/1616).

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Abstract

The importance of language awareness has been highlighted in the most recent policy document of the European Commission, in response to the disappointing progress of European citizens towards the aim of proficiency in a first language and in two other languages. Language awareness has a long history and many meanings and is well placed to draw together a range of strategies aiming to improve language learning and teaching in European education. This paper argues that the broad scope of language awareness provides both opportunities and challenges for educators and policy makers. It examines the experience of language awareness in the UK and suggests lessons that might be learned from its achievements and from the challenges it encountered. In particular, targeted initiatives will be required to explore the barriers that remain to be overcome, new research will be required, along with the development of tools, strategies and collaborations to extend language awareness into areas where it can bring fresh benefits.

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Published date: 1 January 2019
Keywords: Collaboration, European Commission, Language awareness, Language policy, Language proficiency, Learning strategies

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Local EPrints ID: 430122
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/430122
ISSN: 1826-6223
PURE UUID: cfcef8cc-b39c-4167-8fa6-6f5ea2561f60
ORCID for Michael Kelly: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-7955-3860

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Date deposited: 12 Apr 2019 16:30
Last modified: 18 Feb 2021 16:35

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