Pedagogical Construction Grammar - Tandemseminar



Time and place

  • Di 16:15-17:45, .ics


  • BA English and American Studies: Hauptmodul A (auf Anfrage!)

  • Lehramt Englisch an Gymnasien: Hauptmodul L-Gym Linguistics

  • MA English Studies: Modul 9 Linguistics and language teaching B

  • MA Linguistik: Modul 2/3 Applied and descriptive linguistics


Let’s face it - grammar has a bad reputation. … In foreign-language instruction, grammar is often presented through mechanical exercises, the learning of irregularities, and the memorization of seemingly endless paradigms. Even in linguistics, it is commonly portrayed in a manner hardly designed to inspire general interest … It doesn’t have to be that way. Grammar is actually quite engaging when properly understood.” (Langacker 2008: 1) The aim of this seminar is to demonstrate precisely that and to explore some of the areas in which linguistic theory can make a contribution to foreign language teaching. This will involve: (1) a discussion of theoretical developments in esp. Cognitive Linguistics/Construction Grammar, theories of language learning arising from these models, and proposals to apply these insights to foreign language teaching, (2) corpus linguistics and its applications in digital classrooms, (3) comparing the descriptions of the standard reference grammars (Quirk et al. 1985, Huddleston & Pullum 2002) with grammar sections of textbooks used at school. The theory is equally suited for students with an interest in modern theoretical linguistics and for those who study to become teachers of English. This seminar is teamed up with Prof. Piske’s seminar on grammar teaching (immediately before this class TUE 2–4). We are planning to have a few joint sessions in July to bring together the different perspectives of didactics, applied and theoretical linguistics. It makes sense to attend both seminars in this semester, but you can also take part in only of them. *Dabei bitte die UnivIS-Formatierungsmöglichkeiten beachten!* (siehe "UnivIS_Formatierungshilfe.docx")

Additional information

Expected participants: 15