Association for Language Awareness
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Language Awareness can be defined as explicit knowledge
about language, and conscious perception and sensitivity in language
learning, language teaching and language use.
It covers a wide spectrum of fields. For example, Language
Awareness issues include exploring the benefits that can be derived
from developing a good knowledge about language, a conscious understanding
of how languages work, of how people learn them and use them.
Can we become better language users or learners or teachers
if we develop a better understanding? And can we gain other advantages:
e.g. in our relations with other people and/or cultures, and in our
ability to see through language that manipulates or discriminates? Language
Awareness interests also include learning more about what sorts of ideas
about language people normally operate with, and what effects these
have on how they conduct their everyday affairs: e.g. their professional