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Verbalisation as a mediational tool for understanding tense-aspect marking in English: an application of Concept-Based Instruction

Gánem-Gutiérrez, Gabriela Adela and Harun, Haliza (2011) 'Verbalisation as a mediational tool for understanding tense-aspect marking in English: an application of Concept-Based Instruction.' Language Awareness, 20 (2). pp. 99-119. ISSN 0965-8416

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According to Vygotsky, we use tools both to shape and make sense of the world and to exercise control over others and over ourselves. Importantly, the very use of those tools to mediate and regulate our actions has developmental repercussions in our cognitive capabilities. From a sociocultural theory perspective on second language learning, these ideas are fundamental to our understanding of theoretical, pedagogical, and methodological issues. This paper reports on a pilot study framed within the principles of Concept-Based Instruction (CBI). The study involved six L2 advanced English learners doing postgraduate courses at a British university. Drawing on tests and protocols obtained by transcribing individual (think-aloud) and dyadic (pair-work) activity, our findings revealed that the CBI process helped most of our participants gain a deeper understanding of the concept of tense-aspect marking in English. Insights into the role of verbalisation as a regulatory tool were also gained through microgenetic analysis of the data. On the basis of our findings, some implications of CBI are also discussed in relation to grammar teaching and the value of metalinguistic knowledge in the L2 learning and teaching context. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: EFL; language awareness; pedagogical grammar; sociocultural theory; Concept-Based Instruction; microgenetic analysis
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2011 11:18
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:26

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