Linguistics for K-12 Classroom Application

Author(s): Jane M Govoni, Cindy Lovell

Edition: 1

Copyright: 2020

Details: Electronic Delivery EBOOK | 180 days |


In Linguistics for K-12 Classroom Application, readers will develop a practical understanding of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics to support the language needs of English learners (ELs) in the K-12 mainstream classroom. Knowledge of these five areas enables teachers to create effective lessons for students from diverse cultural backgrounds and varying English proficiency levels.

Through classroom scenarios, linguistic concepts are exemplified by interactions between teachers and students. This tangible approach demystifies linguistics and allows readers to make connections to their own classrooms in order to focus on increasing ELs’ social and academic proficiency in English.
The text includes research-based ready-to-go activities for the K-12 classroom. This informative and engaging text is reader-friendly for the hands-on learner.

I Pleased to Meet You! (aka: The Introduction)
About the Authors

II Phun with Phonology
Classroom Scenario: Ms. Hall, Third Grade
Critical Thinking Questions
Practical Classroom Application

III Building a Larger Vocabulary Through Morphology
Classroom Scenario: Mr. Riese, Eighth Grade Language Arts
Critical Thinking Questions
Practical Classroom Application

IV Which Came First, the Chicken or the Syntax
Classroom Scenario: Ms. Sayler, First Grade
Critical Thinking Questions
Practical Classroom Application

V. Semantics: From Propaganda to Word Play
Classroom Scenario: Mrs. Lemkelde, Fifth Grade Gifted    
Critical Thinking Questions
Practical Classroom Application

VI Practical Pragmatics: Context is Everything
Classroom Scenario: Mr. Graham, Tenth Grade English
Critical Thinking Questions
Practical Classroom Application

VII Okey-Dokey Then, Uh-Huh, Bye-Bye! (aka: The Last Word)
Essential Question


Jane M Govoni

Jane Govoni received her MA in Spanish from Boston College and her PhD in Second Language Acquisition from the University of South Florida. Her background includes teaching Spanish and ESOL for Educator Preparation Programs. She held a tenured faculty position at Saint Leo University and is currently the program coordinator for ESOL/Foreign Language Education at the University of South Florida. Dr. Govoni is active at the state and national level, including the TESOL Professional Standards Committee, Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators (SRATE), and the Literacy Council of Sarasota (LCS). In 2022, Dr. Govoni received the Margaret Burlington Tritle Undergraduate Teaching Award and the SRATE Distinguished Service Award. She is the co-editor of “Preparing the Way: Teaching ELs in the Pre-K-12 Classroom” (2021), co-author of “Linguistics for Classroom Application” (2020), and co-author of “The Big Book of ESOL Activities: Preparation for Educators, Administrators, and School Counselors” (2023).

Cindy Lovell

Cindy Lovell received her BA in Elementary Education and MA in Education from Stetson University. She earned her PhD in Education at The University of Iowa, specializing in ESOL and gifted education. She has held tenured faculty positions at Volusia County Schools, Stetson University, and Quincy University. Dr. Lovell served as Executive Director at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum in Missouri and the Mark Twain House & Museum in Connecticut. She has authored numerous publications, presented at various conferences, and serves as a consultant for the Florida DOE writing test items for the FTCE. Since 2017, Dr. Lovell has served as Director of Education at Epic Flight Academy where she works with hundreds of international students. She is also an adjunct professor at University of South Florida, Quincy University, and University of Missouri-Columbia. In 2021, she received the USF College of Education Excellence in Undergraduate Education Award. She has co-authored/co-edited three ESOL textbooks for Kendall Hunt. 

Understanding how language works and how to support and scaffold language development is something all teachers need to be able to do as linguistic and cultural diversity is the norm in their classrooms. Applied linguistics is often seen as too theoretical and technical, however, and many teachers avoid diving into the crucial linguistic dimensions of teaching their English language learners.  Through real-life case studies, classroom examples, and hands-on activities, Govoni and Lovell make the linguistic domains of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics accessible and provide practical tips that teachers can immediately apply. This a wonderful resource for teacher educators, practicing teachers, and teacher candidates.
--Ester De Jong, EdD
Professor of ESOL/Bilingual Education
University of Florida


Knowledge of Applied Linguistics, the study of how the human mind creates and acquires language, is essential to effective L2 instruction. In their new e-book, Linguistics for K-12 Classroom Application, co-authors Jane Govoni and Cindy Lovell provide a thorough and compelling presentation of all aspects of the language acquisition process: Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics. The pages brim with insightful classroom scenarios, practical yet innovative EL instructional strategies and provocative questions designed to challenge the reader. Whether you are a seeking your EL certification, are new to the profession, or a seasoned classroom veteran, this book is a ‘must’ read!...
--John De Mado
John De Mado Language Seminars LLC


Unlike many applied linguistics texts, this book is written in an accessible way. Each chapter begins with specific objectives to help readers focus; contains helpful, real-life scenarios to which teacher candidates may relate; and includes several active learning strategies for readers, such as running notes, infographic creation, and engagement in the same hands-on work that students would be expected to do. This organization keeps readers’ attention and invites and supports their continued learning through activities that draw on both content and language learning, thereby modeling what is expected of teachers who work with emergent bilingual students. The text also includes key information and strategies to support students whose bilingualism is comprised of specific named languages, such as Korean and English or Spanish and English.
--Ryan W. Pontier, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Education & Human Development
Florida International University


As a teacher candidate and former ESOL paraprofessional, I believe that this book has a lot of practical information and truly depicts the reality of learning experiences for multicultural ELs in schools. I really appreciate the section that discusses how teachers need to develop an awareness of ELs’ heritage language by analyzing its similarities and differences with English. The activities in the book will help teacher candidates develop the responsiveness and the working tools to help ELs thrive in their journey to bilingualism. 
--Jessica Pérez Maqueda
Undergraduate student, Teacher Education Program
University of South Florida

Related ISBN's: 9781792412950




ISBN 9781792412950

Details Electronic Delivery EBOOK 180 days