Materials Development Task 9: Functional language

This is a new series of blog posts for teachers looking to become materials writers. It aims to help future writers explore topics and issues in writing, encourage deeper insight into the content of published materials, and promote a principled approach to materials development.

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How would you define functional language?To what extent does transactional language differ from interactional language?How do you approach teaching functional language?In your experience, how is teaching functional language approached in published materials such as coursebooks? How do you feel about the approach(es) used?In a general sense, how might the functional language needs of YLs, teens and adults differ?

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