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IJAL 2012, 15(1): 19-41 Back to browse issues page
EFL Students Images and Metaphors of Grammar Learning
Hadi Farjami
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Metaphors and images, as part of the learners' belief systems, seem to play a large part in language learning (Cortazzi & Jin, 1999). So, awareness of them can be of substantial value to teachers in dealing with language learning problems. Aiming to contribute to this awareness, this study sought to explore the images/metaphors English language learners hold about grammar learning. To elicit learners' images, a questionnaire was delivered to 350 adult English learners, including both males and females, with at least one year of serious language learning experience. It demanded the respondents to provide one or more images about learning grammar of English as a foreign language. One hundred and thirty-nine completed forms were content-analyzed and specific metaphors were identified and grouped under descriptive rubrics. Next, the specific images were examined and general and conceptually oriented categories were identified. The results of the content-analysis and categorization are reported and discussed in terms of their implications for language teaching practice.
Keywords: Conceptual metaphor, English grammar, Learners’ beliefs, Learners’ images, Metaphor analysis
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Farjami H. EFL Students Images and Metaphors of Grammar Learning. IJAL. 2012; 15 (1) :19-41
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Volume 15, Number 1 (3-2012) Back to browse issues page
Iranian Journal of Applied Linguistics
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