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ERIC Number: ED475521
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Pages: 84
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An Overview of Discourse Analysis and Its Usefulness in TESOL.
Milne, Geraldine Veronica
This paper provides an overview of discourse analysis from a linguistic point of view, discussing why it is relevant to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). It focuses on the following: discourse and discourse analysis; discourse analysis and TESOL; approaches to discourse analysis; systemic functional linguistics; theme and information; nominalization; cohesion; discourse type and genre; schema theory (scripts, frames, and schemata); speech acts and speech events; politeness and face; conversation analysis; and discourse mode (spoken and written language and other modes of discourse). Analyses of sample texts are included. The paper notes that the many different approaches to discourse reflect its complexity and importance and provide complementary insights into language. It concludes that an understanding of discourse is essential to TESOL teachers who wish to enhance their professionalism via their thorough subject matter knowledge. Six appendixes contain the following: Japanese-English translations, a conversation on capital punishment, written text on reintroducing the death penalty, text from a newspaper advertisement, text from the Internet, and a spoken conversation at a gym. (Contains 107 bibliographic references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan