Hybridity in Systemic Functional Linguistics - Grammar, Text and Discursive Context - Donna R. Miller

Hybridity in Systemic Functional Linguistics - Grammar, Text and Discursive Context - Donna R. Miller

6. Teaching through English: Maximal Input in meaning making

Hybridity in Systemic Functional Linguistics - Grammar, Text and Discursive Context - Donna R. Miller

John Polias [+-]
Lexis Education, Fitzroy, Australia
John Polias is Director of Lexis Education based in Fitzroy, Australia, an international consultancy in teaching and learning, which has written a series of professional development courses.
Gail Forey [+-]
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Gail Forey is Associate Professor and Associate Director for The Research Centre for Profesional Communication in the Department of English at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She has co-edited Globalisation, Communication and the Workplace (Continuum, 2010).

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John Polias and Gail Forey focus on language education and pedagogy in which the teacher uses various hybrid modes and resources. They discuss the value of SFL in teaching through English in different key learning areas (KLA’s) in Hong Kong, where the teacher maximizes access points for the learner by using multisemiotic resources related to a wide range of subject areas. The data, collected from the KLAs of Science, Information Technology, Art, Music and Physical Education, unambiguously show that different KLA’s demand different approaches to the construction of knowledge. These are amply illustrated, as are the hybrid resources used to construct, across the curriculum, knowledge through language. The chapter argues the value of a ‘teaching learning cycle’ (e.g. Christie and Martin 1997) and a pedagogic model in which the teacher and students take on varying degrees of responsibility in co-constructing meaning in multiple cycles. The ultimate aim of the cycles is to bring the student to the point of independently constructing both matter and meaning through activities whose final goal is knowledge development.

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Polias, John; Forey, Gail . 6. Teaching through English: Maximal Input in meaning making. Hybridity in Systemic Functional Linguistics - Grammar, Text and Discursive Context. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 109-132 Mar 2016. ISBN 9781781790649. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=24294. Date accessed: 13 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.24294. Mar 2016

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