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Syntactic Awareness

Syntactic awareness (SA) is a metalinguistic skill, distinct from the comprehension or production of a sentence, because it concerns the ability to consider the structure rather than the meaning of a sentence.

SA is defined as the conscious ability to manipulate or judge word-order within the context of a sentence based on the application of grammatical rules.

It is different from syntactic knowledge, which is an unconscious understanding of the rules that govern word-order.

Recent studies confirm its contribution to Reading Comprehension.

We can work on SA in our classes through different types of activities:

- Syntactic judgment and correction task

- Syntactic word order task

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