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Using phraseology to enhance learners’ knowledge of grammar





phraseology, syntax, schematic constructions, English teaching, causative constructions


Phraseology has proven to be an important aspect of languages; as such, linguistic theories were forced to reshape their explanatory tools so as to incorporate this important aspect of language to their descriptive models. In light of this, analogous areas such as first and second language acquisition theories have all acknowledged the importance of speakers’ phraseological knowledge in real communication, both in L1 and L2 acquisition settings and in general language use. Nevertheless, despite being a relatively well-known phenomenon in theoretical studies, little has been said about the relationship between phraseology and syntax. More specifically, the idea of using phraseology as a starting point for the teaching of schematic grammatical structures seems to be a promising area of application and investigation. This paper aims to contribute to this area by presenting some ideas on how phraseology can be used as a springboard for the teaching of grammar.


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Author Biography

Rodrigo Garcia Rosa, Faculdade Cultura Inglesa (FCI), São Paulo, SP, Brasil; Universidade de São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, SP, Brasil.

Doutor e mestre em linguística da língua inglesa pela Universidade de São Paulo (USP), em São Paulo, SP, Brasil; com doutorado sanduíche realizado no departamento de linguística teórica e aplicada da Universidade de Cambridge, em Cambridge, Inglaterra. Professor dos cursos de graduação e coordenador de pós-graduação da Faculdade Cultura Inglesa (FCI), em São Paulo, SP, Brasil.


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How to Cite

Garcia Rosa, R. (2023). Take the plunge: Using phraseology to enhance learners’ knowledge of grammar. BELT - Brazilian English Language Teaching Journal, 14(1). https://doi.org/10.15448/2178-3640.2023.1.44041