Teaching metaphor tip of the day: language awareness

Posted by on April 22, 2011

We use metaphors almost every time we write or speak, often without realizing it. Becoming aware of how language works – a process known as ‘language awareness’ – is an essential part of successful language learning.

Here are two ways in which awareness of metaphor can help you to increase your understanding of how English works:

1 When you read a piece of English, notice the metaphors, and think about the ways in which metaphorical meanings are connected with literal meanings.

2 Try to relate new words and expressions that you come across in your reading to the words you already know. Thinking about the connections between familiar items of vocabulary and new, unfamiliar ones will help you to remember the new meanings you have learned.

If you develop the habit of thinking about language in this way, you will be able to learn and remember new vocabulary more effectively.

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