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Figurative Thinking and Foreign Language Learning

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ISBN-10: 1403996024

ISBN-13: 9781403996022

Edition: 2006

Authors: Jeannette Littlemore, Graham D. Low

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Many of the vocabulary items that foreign language learners encounter involve figurative extensions of meaning. For example, bottleneck, hard-headed and getting a foot in the door all involve figurative extensions of parts of the body. To understand words and expressions such as these, language learners often need to employ figurative thinking. This book examines the nature of figurative thinking, considers its contribution to communicative language ability, and explores the implications for language teaching and learning.
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Book details

List price: $139.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 4/12/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 239
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946

List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Boxes
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Figurative Thinking
What is 'Figurative Thinking'?
Why is Figurative Thinking Important for Foreign Language Learners?
Psychological Processes Underlying Figurative Thinking
Developing Learner Autonomy in Figurative Thinking
Figurative Thinking and Communicative Language Ability
Figurative Thinking and Sociolinguistic Competence
Figurative Thinking and Illocutionary Competence
Figurative Thinking and Textual Competence
Figurative Thinking and Lexico-Grammatical Competence
Strategic Competence
Conclusions
Promoting Figurative Language Competence in the Foreign Language Classroom
Notes
References
Index