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ERIC Number: ED377695
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Beyond (F)utilitarianism: English "as" Academic Purpose.
Pennycook, Alastair
Hong Kong Papers in Linguistics and Language Teaching, n17 p13-23 Sep 1994
A discussion of the teaching of English for academic purposes (EAP) focuses on criticism that the content of such courses is thin and that they are offered as a service to other disciplines. It is proposed that the emphasis of EAP instruction be shifted to the role English plays as a medium for conveying meaning to the ways in which English is embedded in social, cultural, and political relationships. The context of this discussion is the teaching of English in Hong Kong, where the language conveys many colonial, racial, class, and gender assumptions. It is argued that EAP instruction should address, on one hand, the ambivalence of students learning a language they both resent and need, and on the other hand, the "decolonialization" of English. This implies instruction in language awareness, not of the type that focuses on linguistic forms or genres or literary uses, but that investigates students' understandings of the language and its relationship to cultural context. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong