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ERIC Number: EJ948629
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0039-8322
Harnessing Storytelling as a Sociopragmatic Skill: Applying Narrative Research to Workplace English Courses
Holmes, Janet; Marra, Meredith
TESOL Quarterly: A Journal for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and of Standard English as a Second Dialect, v45 n3 p510-534 Sep 2011
Narratives are often overlooked in workplace talk, but they contribute in crucial ways to relationship building and identity construction in workplace interaction. In this article we analyse narratives told by skilled migrants from non-English-speaking backgrounds during a workplace internship conducted as part of a Workplace Communication course. The analysis adopts a social constructionist stance recognising that narratives are co-constructed between interactants in ongoing interaction. Although earlier TESOL research has made use of narratives as a source of information for designing teaching programmes and for improving specific linguistic features of fluency, this article demonstrates that narratives also provide (ESOL) teachers with an opportunity to empower students in their efforts to negotiate high-stakes environments such as workplace settings. (Contains 11 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand