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Research project

Fostering Language Teaching Efficiency through Cognitive Linguistics.


De Knop Sabine, Boers Frank, De Rycker Antoon.


The aim of the project is to describe "what" (= topics) and "how" the important topics should be taught. It aims at contributing to the integration of grammar and vocabulary learning and teaching in language pedagogy, based on a comprehensive synthesis of how cognitive linguistics (CL) interprets the lexis-grammar continuum. Both in CL theory and in language pedagogy we are still far removed from such integration. Learning a foreign language is a complex process consisting in the simultaneous mastering of both the relevant vocabulary and the main grammatical constructions of that language. March 10-13 2008,33rd International LAUD Symposium at University of Koblenz-Landau, « Cognitive Approaches to Second/Foreign Language Processing: Theory and Pedagogy”. Talk: A cognitive linguistic approach to pedagogical grammar: Current results and future directions. Publication in 2010: Sabine De Knop, Frank Boers et Antoon De Rycker (eds.), "Fostering Language Teaching Efficiency through CL." Series: Applications in Cognitive Linguistics 17. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter Mouton.


cognitive linguistics / applied linguistics / teaching / lexicon/grammar continuum / contrastive linguistics / constructions.


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