On Some of the Challenges of Teaching Formal English Linguistics

  • Maria Aurelia Cotfas
Part of the Multilingual Education book series (MULT, volume 27)


The chapter sets out to discuss the challenges of teaching formal linguistics to non-native (Romanian) students majoring in English (undergraduate level) at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bucharest. Within an international setting which lays less and less emphasis on formal (grammar) teaching, advocating for a more communicative approach to language learning, one that focuses on language function rather than form, our study argues in favour of the idea that – at least at undergraduate level and for students training to be teachers or translators – a sound familiarization with theoretical concepts and frameworks is a necessity which can make the difference between professionals and amateurs.


Teaching Linguistics English majors Undergraduate level 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Aurelia Cotfas
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  1. 1.English Department, Faculty of Foreign Languages and LiteraturesUniversity of BucharestBucharestRomania

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