ERIC Number: ED283400
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
Text, Context and Language Teaching: A Systemic-Functional Perspective.
Ragan, Peter H.
Language is used to realize different intentions, and the patterns of wording that have evolved in language bear a natural relationship to the meanings they have evolved to express. Despite the diversity in the way texts (content) are encoded, they may be traced to the contexts in which they communicate meaning, indicating a form-function relationship. Language students need to study the features of context more closely and be made aware of the available wording options for encoding the text-context relationship. The systemic-functional model of language offers a means of organizing the many uses of language in a systematic manner and of showing how we use language to express meaning. It isolates the features of meaning in a context (field, mode, tenor, and purpose) and the kinds of meaning in wording (textual, interpersonal, and ideational). This allows teachers to understand better how text relates to context and helps them determine what to include in a communicative syllabus. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (21st, Miami, FL, April 21-25, 1987).