I have a confession. Until two weeks ago, I didn’t know what a comma splice was. I quickly recognised that I knew the error behind it, I just didn’t know that it had a name.
Did I feel this impeded my ability to identify and correct said mistake? No. Did I feel just a teensy bit disappointed in myself that I didn’t know what it was called? Yup.
But I’m a language professional. That’s why I felt, dare I say, ashamed at the notion of not knowing this marvellous little bit of metalanguage.
But in the world of ELT, the question of whether metalanguage should be used in the classroom remains controversial and highly contested.
Let’s look at some arguments: Continue reading