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TEACHER LANGUAGE AWARENESS REVISITED: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF THE LEVEL AND NATURE OF LANGUAGE AWARENESS OF PROSPECTIVE IRANIAN ENGLISH TEACHERS

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 Start Page 69 | End Page 94

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 A teacher's language awareness (TLA) is generally believed to exert a tremendous influence on language instruction. However, reviewing literature revealed that it has not received due attention in teacher training centers in Iran. Therefore, this paper reports on an investigation into the metalinguistic awareness of prospective teachers at Teacher Education Universities of Iran training to be junior and senior high school English teachers. The study focuses on the test performance of these prospective teachers as an indication of their explicit knowledge base and also the relationship between the METALINGUISTIC KNOWLEDGE and their error identification capability. To that end, a METALINGUISTIC KNOWLEDGE test (MKT) and a grammaticality judgment test (GJT) were administered to 207 student teachers to canvass the nature and extent of their repertoire of explicit KNOWLEDGE ABOUT LANGUAGE and of grammatical terminologies as part of their TLA. The results revealed a moderate level of METALINGUISTIC KNOWLEDGE and a significant relationship between METALINGUISTIC KNOWLEDGE and error identification ability. Moreover, the findings of the study shed light on the prominence of METALINGUISTIC KNOWLEDGE as a means of improving teachers' linguistic proficiency, detected the lacunae in student teachers' KNOWLEDGE ABOUT LANGUAGE and signaled the need for improvement in prospective teachers' METALINGUISTIC KNOWLEDGE.

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