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Teaching the expression of time:A concise framework

Gabrielatos, Costas (2004) Teaching the expression of time:A concise framework. In: IATEFL 2003. IATEFL, Canterbury, Kent, UK, pp. 133-136. ISBN 1-901095-21-5

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    Abstract

    ELT materials adopt a system of twelve 'tenses'. Typically, they present three factors as affecting choice of 'tense': event time, event duration and speech time. This is misleading, as many more elements are in play. Their treatment is form-based, giving piecemeal information about the uses of the forms, or providing rules with quite a few exceptions or 'special cases', a practice that tends to confuse learners. This framework is informed by descriptive and theoretical accounts of English. It takes into consideration all the component elements of expressing time in English, including the meaning of verbs and speaker subjectivity. It presents a small number of consistent and flexible guidelines, provides a systematic visual representation of time reference and helps learners put in perspective the information in pedagogical materials.

    Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Time ; tense ; aspect ; modality ; English ; objectivity ; subjectivity ; pedagogical grammar ; lexicogrammar ; language teaching ; EFL ; ELT ; TESOL.
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
    ID Code: 536
    Deposited By: Mr Costas Gabrielatos
    Deposited On: 13 Jun 2007
    Refereed?: No
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 22:08
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/536

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