Language in the Academy

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Multilingual Matters, Dec 1, 2010 - Foreign Language Study - 240 pages
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This book takes a critical look at why issues of language in higher education are routinely marginalised, despite the growing internationalisation of universities. Through analyses of a variety of intercultural encounters, the book highlights the range of interpretative possibilities available for understanding these encounters, and suggests the role that the reality of the contemporary intercultural dynamic between the Socratic and Confucian pedagogic traditions can play in driving change to the pedagogic practices of higher education. Another important aim of the book is to examine language in the academy as an object of cultural theory. While rooted in the practical and empirical reality of teaching and using language in higher education, this book argues for the importance of examining the institutional interface between language and higher education, and of critically exploring the values inscribed in the pedagogy and evaluation of academic language.
 

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Contents

General Overview
1
Language Language Pedagogies and Intercultural
14
The Discourse of Remediation
26
Language as Dynamic Practice
39
The Historical Construction
52
Rhetorical Values and the Regulation
67
PowerKnowledge and the Construction of Rhetorical Subjects
84
Subject to Confucian Rhetorical Culture
97
The PowerKnowledge Effects of the Socratic Dialogue
112
The Western Tutor as Midwife
123
Verbalisation
143
The Spatial Relations of Learning
161
The Discursive Dance of the Intercultural
174
The Critical Rhetoric of Being Critical
185
References
204
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Joan Turner is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre for Language and Academic Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has worked extensively with international students as they familiarise themselves with the demands of UK academic culture, as well as with home students getting to grips with academic writing. Her research interrogates the context of operation for this work. She has published in the fields of Academic Literacies, Conceptual Metaphor, Cross-cultural pragmatics, English for Academic Purposes, Higher Education, Intercultural Communication, and Writing Research.

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