chapter  21
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MAP on the job

Applying the order of meanings to an English for occupational purposes setting
WithJames W. Gray

This chapter describes the implementation of a meaning-order approach to pedagogical grammar (MAP Grammar), or MAP, with an English for Occupational Purposes (EOP) content-based instructional setting. The curriculum for this EOP class centers on communication techniques for law enforcement officers. These EOP classes are indicative of most EOP environments as they bring language instruction to a narrow set of skills that are essential for accomplishing specific tasks. EOP learners are usually non-academic language learners. The diversity of EOP environments presents a challenge when designing a lesson plan that is flexible enough to be useful for so many different situations. Mapping refers to the physical tools used to create a meaning map. In practice, any six objects, one for each of MAP's parameters, will work. Planting refers to rooting grammar structures into specific locations in the MAP pattern. This is particularly useful for learners to remember the place to plant words as they progress through a sentence.