You Are Not Logged In: Context and Interpersonal Meaning of Instructions and Links in a typical Learning Management System

Hakeem Olafemi Ogunmuyiwa


It is common knowledge that the incorporation of Learning Management Systems (LMS) in ESL/EFL instruction has enhanced learners understanding of the language just as it has helped teachers in monitoring students’ progress. However, the use of these eLearning platforms can be quite challenging for EFL learners who are yet to be proficient in the English language. This is because all course information and instructions are offered in the language. Following the notion of context and language metafunctions by Halliday (1985) and his followers, analysis of some linguistic expressions in typical learning management systems is conducted. I show how context and interpersonal meanings are established, and how they can enhance learners’ comprehension of information and instructions. The linguistic expressions used as data are sourced from student-specific pages of the web-based Learning Management System (Blackboard) and the Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (Moodle) as adapted in colleges and institutes in Saudi Arabia.



Systemic Functional Linguistics, Interpersonal Meaning, Mood, Context, Learning Management Systems

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