“Sometimes, I think they are a kind of God.” Metaphors for teachers, learners and language learning.

“Sometimes, I think they are a kind of God.” Metaphors for teachers, learners and language learning.

Darren Elliott, Nanzan University

“In order to make sense of abstract thought, humans have developed a rich facility for metaphor. These metaphors are loaded with meanings to be unpacked and interpreted. Research into education has a strong tradition of metaphor analysis, utilising metaphors for education to categorise differing attitudes towards the learning process. Work such as this suggests the potential of metaphors as a shorthand for attitude systems. If this promise can be realised then researchers will have a powerful tool at hand.

In this presentation / workshop, the presenter will introduce metaphor in an accessible way, and  describe a mixed-methods study which sought to examine the possible connection between learners’ metaphors for language learning and their perspectives and attitudes, with a particular focus on learner autonomy. Participants will have a chance to discuss the research methodology and connections to their own practice, as well as some innovative activities to try in the classroom.”

April 16th JALT NAGOYA Metaphors for Language Learning FLYER

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