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Cohesion

For SFL, a text can be defined as “a unit of language in use” (Halliday & Hasan, 1976, p. 1) and is distinguished from non-text by the two-fold concept of unity: unity of structure and unity of texture (Halliday & … Continue reading

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Daily Routines as a genre

We often use ‘Daily Routines’ lessons to introduce or practise the simple present. Recently, however, I’ve tried looking from a genre perspective and asking what, exactly, is the purpose of these kinds of text. Who, also, is the audience? They are, … Continue reading

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The Alphabet Song

Here, in Japan, there are two versions of the Alphabet Song. There’s the familiar one: A-B-C-D-E-F-G–, H-I-J-K-LMNOP–, Q-R-S–,T-U-V–, W-X-Y- and Z–, Now I know my A,B,C, Won’t you come and sing with me? The version used in most Japanese schools, … Continue reading

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Activity: Written Movie Review

Here is a very short text from http://metropolis.co.jp/ that shows nicely the Generic Structure Potential (GSP) of Written Movie Reviews: “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” The premise is strained in this Disney film about the holocaust, but the approach is fresh, … Continue reading

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Move

Semantically, the clause is an “interactive event involving speaker, or writer, and audience” (H & M, p.106). The move in this event is whether we want to initiate or have to respond. This may seem a rather obvious point, that … Continue reading

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Exchange

One of the key aspects of Systemic Functional Linguistics for EFL teaching is the notion of the language as an exchange, that “the clause is organised as an interactive event” (H & M, p.106). At a semantic level, language simultaneously operates … Continue reading

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Text and Teaching EFL

For Systemic Functional Linguistics, text is “language that is functional” (H & H, p10). A text has a purpose and a goal. The implications of this were made clear for me in a recent listening lesson. As is their wont, the … Continue reading

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Text and EFL

A text may be seen as both a product, or an instance of language in time, and a process, an unfolding of language through time. I think there are a number of implications of this for EFL. Firstly, if we … 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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