ERIC Number: ED365122
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Academic Communities and the Need for Boundary Conversations: Towards a Metalingua Franca?
Hong Kong Papers in Linguistics and Language Teaching, v16 p63-83 Sep 1993
Increasingly, language is seen as the interpretive medium by which knowledge is constructed and communication is carried out within and across disciplines, as well as the way power and authority are exercised, renewed, and protected. This paper explores the prospects of raising awareness of this social and political view of language across the wider educational community, specifically of three communities that should triangulate in this enterprise: subject teachers, their students, and the "mediating" language teachers. The social, educational, and political implications for these communities of talking at cross purposes about language and knowledge are discussed, and the possibilities of their fruitful collaboration is explored. It is suggested that the more that the different communities interact and collaborate, and the more they talk about their intersecting interests, the more a shared discourse may emerge. A description of an interdisciplinary collaboration in developing a classification of micro-skills for offering structured feedback on student writing is described. (Author/JL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For journal in which this paper appears, see FL 021 693.