Key Terms for Language Teachers - A Pocket Guide - Alessandro Benati

Key Terms for Language Teachers - A Pocket Guide - Alessandro Benati


Key Terms for Language Teachers - A Pocket Guide - Alessandro Benati

Alessandro Benati [+-]
University College Dublin
Professor Alessandro Benati (School of Education, University College Dublin) has held academic positions in several British and overseas institutions. He is known for his work in second language acquisition, and he published ground-breaking research on the pedagogical framework called processing instruction. His research on processing instruction has been recently driven by the use of new online measurements (e.g., eye tracking, and self-paced reading). Alessandro has coordinated national and international high-impact research projects which have been influential in determining educational policy and had an impact in providing effective language teacher training programs. He is the author and co-author of several research monographs, peer-reviewed articles in high-ranked journals, and editor and co-editor of book series and scientific journals such as Cambridge Elements in SLA and Instructed Second Language Acquisition. He was a member of the sub-panel for Modern Languages and Linguistics for the Research Excellence Framework for England (REF 2021), AHRC Panel, and he is an Honorary Professor at Your SJ University (UK), University of Hong Kong (China), Adjunct Professor at Macquarie University (Australia), and Visiting Professor at Anaheim University (USA)
Víctor Parra-Guinaldo [+-]
Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University
Víctor Parra-Guinaldo obtained his Ph.D. in Rhetoric-Composition, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at Arizona State University and has since taught a variety of composition and linguistics courses at the undergraduate level and for the MATESOL program. His research agenda lies in two main areas: historical linguistics, and in particularmorpho-syntactic phenomena within the Germanic and Romance language families, and applied linguistics, including second-language teaching and learning and pedagogical practices. He has published his latest research with Routledge and Springer, among others, whereas his first publication was a book of poetry at the age of 23. Dr. Parra-Guinaldo is a member of the Linguist List International Linguistics Community, Linguistics Society of America (LSA), and Society for Germanic Linguistics.


Teachers keep teaching and worrying about rules that have no psychological validity. Language learners keep practicing rules that have no psychological validity. Methods are twisted to fit the teaching of rules and patterns. Teachers have nothing to replace their notions of rules and patterns as they assume that any new approach for teaching language is simply a different way to teach the same thing. Mental representation does not consist of rules. What every speaker/knower of language creates in the mind/brain, is a complex, abstract and implicit representation of language. What we observe as “language” is the result of a complex interaction of principles, constraints, and interfaces that yield utterances.

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Benati, Alessandro; Parra-Guinaldo, Víctor. Language. Key Terms for Language Teachers - A Pocket Guide. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 77-91 Jan 2022. ISBN 9781781798812. Date accessed: 22 Jun 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38038. Jan 2022

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