ERIC Number: ED368177
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Language and Content: The Case of Law.
Beasley, Colin J.
A discussion of the teaching and learning of English for special purposes focuses on the interrelationship of content and language, particularly in the case of education for the legal professions. It is noted that law students must both study a large corpus of case and statute law and legal principles and learn the language of the law, with its distinctive archaisms, jargon, and often complicated syntax. A study of students who failed the final examination in an introductory commercial law course conducted in English, which identified specific problems encountered by both native speakers and English learners, is reported. This genre of academic English is then examined, with special attention given to legal problem-style questions. Linguistic features of legal language that are discussed include schematic structure, cohesion, reference, conjunction, lexical cohesion, thematic progression, transitivity, nominal groups, and the mixture of both narrative and expository features. A program of supportive instruction for second-language learners in such courses, used in an Australian university, is described. Student survey results, the survey form, and notes on schematic structure are appended. (Contains 38 references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Identifiers: Content Area Teaching