Distinguished Visitor Seminar 

Professor Mary Schleppegrell

Distinguished Visitor: Professor Mary Schleppegrell, University of Michigan

Mary Schleppegrell's research explores the relationship between language and learning with a focus on students for whom English is a second language. A linguist, she uses systemic functional linguistics to link meaning and language structure in ways that illuminate issues in education. Her research projects investigate the ways language can be an explicit focus of instruction to provide meaningful support for students across school subjects and levels.

She teaches courses on linguistic analysis, linguistics in education, and second-language development.

Title: Supporting Language-Based Content Teaching with Metalanguage from Systemic Functional Linguistics

Date: Wednesday 5th March 2014 - LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE
4.00-5.30: Distinguished Lecture, 5.30: Drinks reception  

Venue: Aston University
              Birmingham, B4 7ET

Free and open to all. 

AbstractThis presentation reports on classroom-based research in the primary grades in an urban school district in the U.S. where English is not the primary language in students’ homes and community. In this context teachers and their pupils engaged in learning and using the metalanguage of systemic functional linguistics (SFL) in reading, talking, and writing about texts in language arts and science.

A key aspect of the functional grammar focus is identifying linguistically informed strategies for talk about text that support close reading of disciplinary texts and the scaffolding of valued written genres. Evidence will be presented showing that children were highly engaged in talk about text, that their written products drew on new linguistic resources that made them more effective, and that teachers developed positive attitudes about using functional grammar metalanguage.

To guarantee a place please register online. Deadline for registrations is 25th February. 


Contact: Jacquie Harding at j.harding@aston.ac.uk


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