ERIC Number: ED332505
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
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Discourse Colonies within TEFL Methods Articles.
This study investigated the application of the concept of "discourse colony," a written text type, to the analysis of discourse used in English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) testing and teacher education. The discourse colony includes a diverse collection of discourse types whose cohesion comes from their predictable organization (e.g., timetables, schedules, newspapers, instructions, prayer and hymn books, legal statutes). A discourse colony is defined as having nine specific potential properties. A British Broadcasting Corporation publication entitled "London Calling," a monthly magazine commonly used for some short-term ESL courses, and 19 ESL methods articles from an ESL teachers' publication were analyzed by application of the nine criterion properties. It is concluded that while the phenomenon of a discourse colony is universal within literate societies, the identification of discourse markers predicting colonies is problematic. One of the methods articles is appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (24th, Dublin, Ireland, March 27-30, 1990).