Textual analysis for developing linguistic- literary Competence: a try- out

Tungesh, G M (2014) Textual analysis for developing linguistic- literary Competence: a try- out. Journal of Teaching and Education, 03 (03). pp. 13-18. ISSN 2165-6266

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The main objective of teaching of English is to develop the learners’ language and linguistic competencies. To achieve this aim, teachers try various approaches, methods and techniques. Interestingly these approaches either overlap or sideline other approaches which are in practice. Since each approach has its own merit, the teacher needs to use these approaches judiciously. Above all, what the language learner/user much needed today is how best s/he can gain language and linguistic competence using the language sources through an eclectic and practical approach In this paper, I discuss the possibilities of enhancing communicative competency through text analysis using linguistic-stylistic tools. An approach a teacher can use is, supplying the learners some literary texts, pieces of advertisements from the newspapers and journals as language samples for analysis in the classroom. In the first stage, the teacher reads the ‘texts’ two times for gaining attention from the learners; then s/he supplies cognitive cues to identify the patterns in the text. A close reading by the learners help them identifying the lexical, syntactic, semantic, and phonological patterns. Then the teacher asks questions to identify the meanings in the text, in this process there will be a difficulty for the learners to interpret the texts as there may be unusual lexis, reverse –of- the- syntax patterns. This serves to be a valuable experience to the learners to bring the literary language in the text back to normal English. If this exercise in the classroom becomes a routine habit of analyzing or at least pattern finding in the texts, the learners’ language learning skills both (receptive and productive) are enhanced to a greater extent. For various language samples, the teacher needs to bring media sources in to the class as media sources cover various aspects of human life in the form of discourses and texts

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Text, Analysis, Competence, Close reading, Stylistic patterns, Interpretation
Subjects: Engineering > MIT Manipal > Humanities and Management
Depositing User: MIT Library
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2015 06:39
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2015 07:43
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/141716

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