Language in Action
SFL Theory across Contexts
María Estela Brisk [+–]
Mary J. Schleppegrell [+–]
University of Michigan
Language in Action: SFL Theory across Contexts brings together recent research in elementary and secondary education, higher education, and translation studies, informed by Systemic Functional Linguistics. Authors reporting from a range of international contexts offer new insights into curriculum and instructional issues in subjects including history, physical education, and mathematics, with a focus on development of students’ reading, writing, and disciplinary literacy skills.
The chapters also report on studies in teacher education and student learning in settings where Spanish, Danish, or English are the languages of instruction, and the development of advanced academic writing in these languages is a particular focus of studies in higher education. The translation studies offer new perspectives on translation from classical Chinese literature and Italian museum texts. Across the volume, the chapters present innovations in genre pedagogy, pedagogical and methodological uses of SFL metalanguage, and approaches to curriculum development and school-based research. The authors draw on functional grammar, register theory, Appraisal, and Legitimation Code Theory to offer new analytic approaches and insights.
This book offers readers a range of work that can inspire and inform researchers and students interested in new approaches to Systemic Functional Linguistics in action.
Table of Contents
Part I: Studies in Elementary and Secondary Education
Part II: Studies in Student and Faculty Development with Respect to Academic Writing at the University Level
In collaboration with Susanne Karen Jacobsen, current work includes developing modules in teacher education to support student-teachers in writing academic texts. This work draws on both Legitimation Code Theory and systemic functional linguistics, exploring how analytical tools from both these theoretical frameworks complement each other in an academic writing context and how these can be used to inform pedagogy at the tertiary level.
Part III: Studies in Translation
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