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