Discourse Analysis for Language Teachers

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Cambridge University Press, May 2, 1991 - Foreign Language Study - 213 pages
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Discourse Analysis for Language Teaching gives a practical introduction to the field of discourse analysis and its relevance for language teaching. It begins by answering the question 'What is discourse analysis?' and examines how discourse analysts approach spoken and written language. Different models of analysis are outlined and evaluated in terms of their usefulness to language teachers. This is followed by chapters on discourse-oriented approaches to grammar, vocabulary and phonology. The final section looks at spoken and written language in the light of native-speaker and learner data and considers examples of teaching approaches. Discourse Analysis for Language Teaching has a very practical orientation, and the text is interspersed with reader activities with guidance on appropriate responses at the end.

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A complete pile of drivel - this book is of little practical use to a classroom teacher, and has little relevance to TEFL/TESOL outside of academia. If you like learning lots of pointless jargon, good ol chin stroking, pointless posturing in pretentious bar/bistros, need help in finding a plethoria of new, useless ways to regard semantics, then this is surely for you. If you are, on the other hand, an actual teacher who wants to find some fresh, practical and useful ideas for teaching people how to speak English, and do not want a tome of vagueries that barely validate the field of applied linguistics, then this is not for you.  

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Michael McCarthy worked for the Wall Street Journal for twenty-two years, as a reporter and then as an editor on feature stories. He is the author of The Sun Farmer and Ashes under Water: The S. S. Eastland and the Shipwreck That Shook America.

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