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ERIC Number: ED354782
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Analysis of Academic Discourse: Insights for Teaching Grammar.
Hashemi, Mohammad Reza
Based on the premise that second language instruction at the college level should focus on the elements of academic discourse and not spend unnecessary time on less relevant grammatical structures, an analysis of discourse structures in subject-area textbooks was undertaken. Grammatical structures characteristic of academic discourse were analyzed for frequency in English-language texts in the social sciences, medicine, engineering, and two general topics. Those structures were then compared for frequency in the combined field-specific discourses and in general discourse. It is concluded that college-level second language grammar instruction should be geared toward the structures most commonly used in academic discourse. In English, these appear to be simple present, passives, past and present participles, relative clauses, noun compounds, and certain conditionals. Comparison of these results and the curriculum of remedial English in Iran's colleges also indicates that over 70% of the structures studied are little if ever used in academic, field-specific texts, suggesting substantial waste of instructional resources. A brief bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on FLTI (1st, Tabriz-Baku, Iran, 1992).