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 M. 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 at middle/high school and college levels, and ESOL for Educator Preparation Programs. She held a tenured faculty position at Saint Leo University and has written several books related to teaching English learners in the mainstream classroom. She has served on national and state educational boards and was the recipient of the Florida Irving Wershow Award in Foreign Language Education and the Mary L. Collins Award for excellence in Teacher Education in Florida. She currently teaches at the University of South Florida. She is an active member of the TESOL Professional Standards Committee and the Executive Board for the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators (SRATE).

Cindy Lovell

Cindy Lovell received her MA in Education from Stetson University and her PhD in Education at the University of Iowa, specializing in ESOL and Gifted Education. She held tenured faculty positions at Volusia County Schools, Stetson University, and Quincy University. She is the Director of Education at Epic Flight Academy in New Smyrna Beach, Florida where she works with international flight students. In addition, she teaches Applied Linguistics and Foundations of TESOL at University of South Florida and provides consultation for the Florida Department of Education for teacher certification. The former director of both the Mark Twain Boyhood Home (MO) and Mark Twain House (CT), she discovered the long-sought boyhood signature of Samuel Clemens (pseudonym: Mark Twain) on a wall inside the Mark Twain Cave in Missouri, which was authenticated by Twain scholars.

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