Developing Systemic Functional Linguistics - Theory and Application - Fang Yan

Developing Systemic Functional Linguistics - Theory and Application - Fang Yan

14. Systemic Functional Linguistics in the round: Imagining foreign language education for a global world

Developing Systemic Functional Linguistics - Theory and Application - Fang Yan

Heidi Byrnes [+-]
Georgetown University
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My research continues to focus on analysis of students’ writing development across the curricular level using the theoretical framework of systemic-functional linguistics. With the publication of the MLJ monograph (with Hiram Maxim and John Norris), (MLJ 94-S1, 2010), "Realizing advanced foreign language writing development in collegiate education: Curricular design, pedagogy, assessment", we have provided an overall framework within which to continue the exploration of L2 development in other areas. Through the Humanities Assessment Project we are exploring the possibility of tracing the simultaneous development of language abilities and cultural content knowledge. In line with one of the underlying assumptions of the curriculum, namely that language and content learning can be and need to be fostered concurrently, this project assesses cultural content knowledge and awareness through language use, specifically through the system of appraisal as developed in systemic functional linguistics (Martin and White. First research results are reported in Ryshina-Pankova & Byrnes (2013), "Writing as learning to know: Tracing knowledge construction in L2 composition", part of a special issue of the Journal of Second Language Writing which I guest edited. Its theme: Teaching for meaning-making - writing to mean.

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The topic I wish to address in this chapter, ‘Systemic functional linguistics in the round: imagining foreign language education for a global world’, is the result of interactions with my SFL colleagues in the real world and through their writings. What I learned in both contexts has had considerable effect on my interpretation of a number of vexing issues in foreign language (FL) education in colleges and universities in the United States.

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Byrnes, Heidi. 14. Systemic Functional Linguistics in the round: Imagining foreign language education for a global world. Developing Systemic Functional Linguistics - Theory and Application. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 323 - 344 Feb 2014. ISBN 9781845539955. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=19474. Date accessed: 26 Nov 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19474. Feb 2014

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