Language Functions Guide

Functions of Language Observation and Instructional Planning


Name: _________________________________________________________________
(individual, small group, large group)

Setting: ________________________________________________________________
(physical setting and what happens prior)

Activity: _______________________________________________________________
(including topic/subject area)

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LANGUAGE FUNCTION
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Requesting
(to get what we want or need)

Controlling
(to control and direct the behaviour of others)

Relating
(to develop, define, and refine social relationships)

Personalizing
(self-talk, narratives that define identity, my individuality, my “me”)

Wondering
(to inquire, to investigate, to wonder)

Telling
(to communicate information, description)

Expressing
(to create word pictures of feelings)

Analyzing
(To dissect and describe carefully while suspending immediate judgment)

Amusing
(to have fun – to play with words, the sounds of words, and surprising shifts in word meanings)

Imagining
(to create a special world or new reality structure)

Specializing
(to provide access to ways of being and doing )


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