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ERIC Number: EJ1075825
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Pages: 25
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ISSN: ISSN-0261-4448
Research into Practice: The Influence of Discourse Studies on Language Descriptions and Task Design in Published ELT Materials
Gilmore, Alex
Language Teaching, v48 n4 p506-530 Sep 2015
Discourse studies is a vast, multidisciplinary, and rapidly expanding area of research, embracing a range of approaches including discourse analysis, corpus analysis, conversation analysis, interactional sociolinguistics, critical discourse analysis, genre analysis and multimodal discourse analysis. Each approach offers its own unique perspective on discourse, focusing variably on text, context or a range of semiotic modes. Together, they provide foreign language teachers and material designers with new insights into language, and are beginning to have an observable impact on published English Language Teaching (ELT) materials. This paper examines the ways in which the four approaches with the strongest links to the ELT profession (corpus analysis, conversation analysis, discourse analysis and genre analysis) have found their way into language learning materials, and offers some suggestions on how discourse studies may influence ELT classrooms in the future.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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