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Metalinguistic knowledge and cognitive style in Polish classroom learners of English

Zietek, AA and Roehr, K (2011) 'Metalinguistic knowledge and cognitive style in Polish classroom learners of English.' System, 39 (4). 417 - 426. ISSN 0346-251X

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Abstract

In this exploratory study, we investigated the relationship between level of English metalinguistic knowledge, or explicit knowledge about the English language, and cognitive style on the wholist/analytic dimension in an intact group of young adult Polish learners of English as a foreign language. Contrary to expectation, metalinguistic knowledge was found to be correlated with a wholist stylistic orientation in the participants. It is argued that there may be an association between a preference for considering information in context and for thinking inductively by moving from observation to principle, and successful performance on a range of language tasks, including metalinguistic tasks which require the correction of highlighted errors and the statement of grammar rules. The paper concludes with proposed implications for learners and teachers in the language classroom. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Admin
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2011 10:39
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:22
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/251

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