How scientific genres change over time

How scientific genres change over time

Genre evolution? The case for a diachronic perspective Carol Berkenkotter Given the preceding discussion of the proprietary interests of rhetoricians, historians of science, and applied linguists on the question of how scientific genres change over time, it’s not unreasonable to assert that genres – and their systems – often seem to be at the centre of disciplinary growth and professionalization. Not that the genres of medical and scientifi c writing are any richer as an object of…

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The appropriation of linguistic resources to promote corporate interests

The appropriation of linguistic resources to promote corporate interests

Vijay K. Bhatia Corporate disclosure documents Unfortunately, however, very little attention has so far been paid to discourse analytical investigations of the use and exploitation of language in many of the regularly employed documents for corporate disclosure purposes, especially in the front matter accompanying the facts and fi gures about corporate performance; that is, the communication from the senior management to the various stakeholders through letters, reports, press releases, etc. This study undertakes a detailed…

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How to overcome the institutionalized stigmatization of local language users

How to overcome the institutionalized stigmatization of local language users

Creativity and discourse RODNEY H. JONES Aside from these and the many other examples of studies published in the journals that explore language as it is employed to take strategic action, it could be argued that world Englishes itself is a creative interdiscourse, a nexus of applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, critical linguistics, lexicography, literature and literary criticism, education, commerce and the voices of everyday life in a globalized world which has resulted in a ‘paradigm shift’…

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Quantitative language research: Exploring the potential of Corpus Linguistics in Education

Quantitative language research: Exploring the potential of Corpus Linguistics in Education

Dear Colleagues I’d like to invite you to a British Academy Skills Innovator project of mine aimed at enhancing the quantitative and language skills development in the UK. This will be achieved by examining the application of Corpus Linguistics in Education. Targeted at MA/PhD students, language teachers and early-career researchers, this capacity-building initiative will consist of three face-to-face events on 17 June, 09 September and 09 December (always on a Friday) and a series of…

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Contextualisation: bringing circumstantial meanings up to discourse semantics – a first step

Contextualisation: bringing circumstantial meanings up to discourse semantics – a first step

Shoshana Dreyfus Abstract This presentation explores a region of ideational meaning that has been named contextualisation. Contextualisation refers to meanings that are circumstantial in nature, but range beyond the rank of the clausal constituent of circumstance in both directions: up to clause rank and down to below or within constituent rank. This paper brings together and extends the work of Halliday & Matthiessen (2004) on expansion and circumstantiation, and the work of Martin (1992) within…

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Evaluating a CLIL Student: Where to Find the CLIL Advantage

Evaluating a CLIL Student: Where to Find the CLIL Advantage

Utrecht Studies in Language and Communication, January 1, 2014 Chapter Four Evaluating a CLIL Student: Where to Find the CLIL Advantage   Surmont, Jill, Van de Craen, Piet, Struys, Esli, Somers, Thomas, Utrecht Studies in Language and Communication   In this paper, the authors show that evaluating a CLIL student should not stop at evaluating language competence. CLIL approaches the natural way of learning, as it provides both implicit and explicit learning – which is…

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Multilingualism as a resource for learning and teaching

Multilingualism as a resource for learning and teaching

Somers, T, Lochtman, K & Van De Craen, P 2014, ‘Multilingualism as a resource for learning and teaching‘. in N Morys, C Kirsh, ID Saint-georges & G Gretsch (eds), Lernen und Lehren in multilingualen Kontexten: Zum Umgang mit sprachlich-kultureller Diversität im Klassenraum. Sprache, Mehrsprachigkeit und sozialer Wandel. Language. Multilinguism and Social Change. Langue, multilinguisme et changement social, vol. 22, Peter Lang , Frankfurt am Main, pp. 191-208.  

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Challenges to multilingual language teaching Towards a transnational approach

Challenges to multilingual language teaching Towards a transnational approach

Michael Kelly Abstract This article examines issues involved in developing a multilingual approach to language teaching within higher education. It discusses the concepts of multilingualism and plurilingualism that are currently used, and the ways in which they are reflected in practice. It suggests that multilingual approaches must address a largely monolingual ethos in language teaching, based on long-established pedagogical priorities. It examines difficulties in developing multicultural professional identities, arising from communities of practice that are…

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English as a lingua franca in Europe: A mismatch between policy and practice

English as a lingua franca in Europe: A mismatch between policy and practice

Alessia Cogo, Jennifer Jenkins Abstract In this article, we argue that the European Union, in which English has over the past couple of decades become the de facto lingua franca, should acknowledge the usefulness of English in this role, and that instead of ignoring what is happening in practice, should build English into EU language policy. This, we believe, will mean coming to terms with the kinds of language forms and skills involved in the…

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Creating a framework for a large-scale implementation of Content and Language Integrated Learning The first steps

Creating a framework for a large-scale implementation of Content and Language Integrated Learning The first steps

Jill Surmont, Esli Struys, Thomas Somers Abstract We argue that in order for the EU 2020 educational goals to be achieved, a large-scale implementation of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is necessary. This educational approach not only ensures knowledge of multiple languages but it also stimulates pupils in such a way that they reach a higher cognitive level. To enable such large-scale implementation, a framework is needed that offers support and guidelines for the…

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