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ERIC Number: EJ1135829
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 39
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2083-5205
Teaching the English Active and Passive Voice with the Help of Cognitive Grammar: An Empirical Study
Bielak, Jakub; Pawlak, Mirosuaw; Mystkowska-Wiertelak, Anna
Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, v3 n4 p581-619 2013
Functionally-oriented linguistic theories, such as cognitive grammar (CG), offer nuanced descriptions of the meanings and uses of grammatical features. A simplified characterization of the semantics of the English active and passive voice grounded in CG terms and based on the reference point model is presented, as it is the basis of the instructional treatment offered to one of the groups in the quasi-experimental study reported in the paper. The study compares the effects of feature-focused grammatical instruction covering the form and meaning/use of the English voices based on CG with those of teaching based on standard pedagogical grammar rules. The results point to relatively high effectiveness of both instructional options in fostering the use of the target structures in both more controlled and more spontaneous performance, with traditional instruction being more successful than that based on CG with respect to the latter. A possible explanation of this superiority is that the subset of the participants (n = 27) exposed to the traditional explanations found them simple and easy to apply, contrary to the situation in the other group.
Adam Mickiewicz University Department of English Studies. Faculty of Pedagogy and Fine Arts, Ul. Nowy Swiat 28-30, 62-800 Kailsz, Poland. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Poland
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