Using the linguistic landscape as a pedagogical resource

Sayer, Peter
April 2010
ELT Journal: English Language Teaching Journal;Apr2010, Vol. 64 Issue 2, p143
Academic Journal
This article discusses the idea of linguistic landscape and describes a small-scale research project undertaken in a local EFL community in Mexico using public signs to analyse the social meanings of English. The author presents a framework that distinguishes between intercultural and intracultural uses, as well as iconic and innovative uses of English on signs. He also identifies six social meanings represented on the signs and uses photographs to illustrate each meaning. He argues that the project is useful both for thinking about the innovative ways people use the language in local contexts and as a template for a classroom-based project that teachers can implement that engages EFL students in investigating and talking about social language use. The conclusion presents an approach for using the linguistic landscape as a pedagogical resource in the EFL classroom which casts the students as language investigators and offers ideas for extension activities that connect the language classroom to the streets of the learners’ community.


Related Articles

  • Students' Linguistic Competence in Essay Writing. Rahmalia, Indah // Al-Ta'lim;Nov2016, Vol. 23 Issue 3, p241 

    Writing in a foreign language (English) has been a highly instrumental for EFL Undergraduate learners because they are required to write assignments, papers, and dissertations. Yet, the course offered and passed to fulfill the writing requirements was meager especially in the language content....

  • A Content Analysis of Grammar Activities in Student's Book of Action Pack Seven as a Textbook for Teaching English as a Foreign Language in Jordan. Zawahreh, Firas Ali Suleiman // Language in India;Apr2012, Vol. 12 Issue 4, p168 

    This study aimed at analyzing the grammar activities in the six modules of the students' book of Action Pack Seven used as a textbook for teaching English as a foreign Language in Jordan to find out to what extent to which these activities meet the criterion proposed by it compared to those...

  • Connecting the Community. Smith, Tracey // Language Magazine;Jun2019, Vol. 18 Issue 10, p21 

    No abstract available.

  • Language and Health Care. Partida, Yolanda // Diabetes Spectrum;Winter2012, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p19 

    The article discusses why effective communication is a symbol of health care quality. A historical overview of the language diversity in the U.S. is presented including the effects of language on immigration consolidation and healthy literacy. The author believes that communicating with...

  • Dictionary Using Habits of Electrical Engineering Students in Lahore, Pakistan. Rao, Anjum Naseem // Language in India;Apr2012, Vol. 12 Issue 4, p17 

    The modern day dictionaries, particularly the EFL learner dictionaries, have improved enormously on their micro-macro and super structure, yet the potential users of these kinds of dictionaries are not fully aware of this comprehensive improvement. As a result, the wealth of information, both...

  • Investigating Interactional Competence Using Video Recordings In ESL Classrooms to Enhance Communication. Krishnasamy, Hariharan N. // AIP Conference Proceedings;2016, Vol. 1761 Issue 1, p020056-1 

    Interactional competence, or knowing and using the appropriate skills for interaction in various communication situations within a given speech community and culture is important in the field of business and professional communication [1], [2]. Similar to many developing countries in the world,...

  • The Effects of Corpus-based Activities on EFLUniversity Students' Grammar and Vocabulary and Their Attitudes toward Corpus. Elsherbini, Saneia Abdel Hameed; Ali, Amira Desouky // Journal of Research in Curriculum, Instruction & Educational Tec;Jan2017, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p133 

    No abstract available.

  • Bilingual profiles and third language learning: the effects of the manner of learning, sequence of bilingual acquisition, and language use practices. Maluch, Jessica Tsimprea; Kempert, Sebastian // International Journal of Bilingual Education & Bilingualism;Oct2019, Vol. 22 Issue 7, p870 

    This study investigates the effect of bilingualism on learning English as a foreign language (L3), examining the impact of manner and sequence of bilingual acquisition and learning as well as language use practices in language minority children. With a sample of 1295 German eighth and ninth...

  • Corpus-based approach efficiency in teaching English as a foreign language. Nitenko, Olha; Lysenko, Svitlana; Lavrynenko, Nina; Dereko, Vladyslav; Smirnov, Volodymyr; Zastelo, Olha; Bobyr, Yuliia; Lahodynskyi, Oleksandr; Osyodlo, Vasyl; Skyba, Kateryna; Bloshchynskyi, Ihor; Yahupov, Vasyl // Dilemas Contemporáneos: Educación, Política y Valores;Jan2020, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p1 

    The article describes the corpus-based approach efficiency in teaching English as a foreign language. The authors concentrate on the notion of “text corpus” and defines it as unified, structured and part-of-speech-tagged data in electronic form that is used for certain philological...

  • THE INVESTIGATION OF PRODUCTIVE AND RECEPTIVE COMPETENCE IN V+N AND ADJ+N COLLOCATIONS AMONG INDONESIAN EFL LEARNERS. Saudin; Sulyaningsih, Iis; Meilinda, Lina // Indonesian Journal of Applied Linguistics;May2017, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p189 

    The important role of collocation in learners' language proficiency has been acknowledged widely. In Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL), collocation is known as one prominent member of the super-ordinate lexical cohesion, which contributes significantly to the textual coherence, together with...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics