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Register and Participants

Register can be a tricky concept for a lot of students. They often focus solely on the grammatical plane and forget about the social context in which it occurs (most EFL textbooks don’t really help in this regard). On the … Continue reading

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Activity: Register and text

I’ve been doing a lot of activities recently trying to get students thinking about how context affects language choice. Here is one featuring three texts related to travel – two from a tourist booklet and one from the SMH travel … Continue reading

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Register and demonstratives

Here is an exchange (1) from the TV show Friends: Ross: [Entering] What is this dive? Only you could’ve picked this place. Mrs. Bing: Oooh, c’mon, shut up, it’s fun. Gimme a hug. At first this seems a simple exchange … Continue reading

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Context of Situation

The Context of Situation is the “environment in which meanings are being exchanged”¹ and is comprised of three elements: Field of Discourse: “refers to what is happening, to the nature of the social interaction that is taking place: what is … Continue reading

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Text and SFL (1).

What is a text? A text is basically “language that is doing some job in some context” (Halliday & Hasan, 1985, p10). A text may be written or spoken, long or short, but must be ‘functional’. A single sentence can … Continue reading

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What is Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL)?

What is Systemic Functional Linguistics? Basically, SFL views language as a social semiotic, a socially situated resource for expressing meaning within a culture. The most important consequence of this for EFL is that language here does not proceed from an underlying, universal set of … Continue reading

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