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ERIC Number: EJ803689
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1475-1585
Language as Academic Purpose
Turner, Joan
Journal of English for Academic Purposes, v3 n2 p95-109 2004
In this article, I argue for an understanding of EAP to be mobilised more around language, its materiality, especially in written form, and the intellectual challenge of learning it. Concomitantly, I argue against the increasing technicisation of language, as it is embodied in the regulatory framework of institutions and its emaciation as an intellectual challenge, partly as a result of the language/content dichotomy which positions language in the subordinate role, and partly because of the self-understanding of EAP practice itself. I argue for a shift in conceptualisation from language as instrument to language as constitutive, and that language proficiency in the academic context is as important as content. With such a re-conceptualisation comes a need for EAP to re-think its practices and to seek to enhance the value of language work in the market of intellectual labour.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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