01/10/1997 Education Linguistics Psychology
DOI: 10.1093/ELT/51.4.352 SemanticScholar ID: 145445603 MAG: 2130083122

Teaching English metaphors using cross-linguistic awareness-raising activities

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Now that metaphor is recognized as being pervasive in language, it is argued that more attention should be given to the teaching of strategies for comprehending and generating metaphors in L2. In this article we report on a translation exercise undertaken by advanced Polish learners of English which revealed ways in which metaphorical expressions vary between the two languages, and the problems this raises for learners. It is suggested that awareness-raising through discussion and comparison of metaphors in L1 and L2 is a useful approach to helping learners to understand and appropriately produce metaphors. This is followed by some sample teaching materials which have been designed to encourage learners to investigate and compare metaphors in L1 and L2.

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Prof. Alice Deignan

University of Leeds - Professor of Applied Linguistics

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