Sendai JALT:

"Conceptual Metaphors" and Figurative Language in the EFL Classroom

Date: Sunday, January 25th, 2004 Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Fraser Gould

Native English speakers use an average of 4 metaphoric expressions per minute of "natural" conversation, yet figurative language is generally overlooked by EFL textbooks. For example, English speakers usually rely on the concept of Up or Down in figurative speech. This concept is related to the agricultural aspects of early English history. For example, I am feeling depressed refers to being pressed down on the land. This presentation will look at what George Lakoff and Mark Johnson call "conceptual metaphors", and how they can be used in the EFL classroom to help our students understand figurative language.

Organization: Sendai Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Sendai JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free (also free for TALE members; TALE is Tohoku Association of Language Educators)
Non-members: 1000 yen (for non-JALT and non-TALE members)

Venue: AER 28F El Solar Kenkyushitsu 2

Location: Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan


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