Gobbledegook Definition from 601 Words

Gobbledegook definition and synonyms from the book, 601 Words You Need to Know to Pass Your Exam used in real context with images and illustrations. Learn the word, gobbledegook, and improve your advanced vocabulary in authentic context. /ˈgɒb.ļ.di.guːk/ (noun) Gobbledegook definition (another spelling: gobbledygook) a special style of language which is usually too formal and … Read more

Semantics Definition & Meaning from 601 Words

Semantics definition and meaning in real context in linguistics for advanced learners of English and students of linguistics. Improve your scientific vocabulary in context with images and practice listening and reading comprehension. /sɪˈmæn.tɪks/ (noun) Semantics definition the scientific study of intended meaning and interpretations in a language, semantics also includes the study of symbols or … Read more

Language Making Capacity | TESL Issues

Language Making Capacity Language Making Capacity Slobin proposes a ‘language making capacity’ (LMC) (1973, 1985). Like Chomsky’s Language Faculty, the LMC contains universal principles. Unlike the principles of Chomsky’s Language Faculty, these are ‘Operating Principles’ (OP), i.e., principles specifically for working inductively on the physical acoustic stimulus for a specific language to which children are … Read more

Functionalist Theories of SLA | TESL Issues

Functionalist Theories of SLA Functionalist theories of L2 acquisition share a number of concerns with variability theories. For example, both are concerned not just with how linguistic knowledge is represented in the mind of the learner, but also with how this knowledge is used in discourse. Also, both types assume that syntax cannot be considered … Read more

Form-Focused Instruction in Language Teaching

Form-Focused Instruction Form-Focused Instruction Traditionally, language pedagogy has emphasized form-focused instruction. The Grammar-Translation Method and the Audiolingual Method both involve attempts to teach learners grammar, differing only in how this is to be accomplished (Ellis, 1997). Form-focused Instruction is in contrast with ‘naturalistic learning’. It intends to examine whether instruction could change the natural order … Read more

Pragmatics and Speech Acts Theory | TESL Lessons

Pragmatics Pragmatics refers to the field of study where linguistic features are considered in relation to users of the language (Morris, 1938; Levinson, 1983). Researchers have investigated what speakers accomplish when they perform utterances in terms of (1) interactional acts, and (2) speech acts. Interactional acts give structure to the discourse by ensuring that one … Read more