Analysing English in a Global Context: A Reader

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Devised in collaboration with the Open University and Macquarie University, Australia, Analysing English in a Global Context is specifically designed for the postgraduate student market, as well as for teachers of English as a second or foreign language throughout the world. This is a groundbreaking Reader which includes specially commissioned pieces as well as classic texts and provides a global perspective on the changing uses and forms of English and its impact on language teaching contexts. Students'skills in analysing these forms will be developed through an examination of the major functional models and their strengths and weaknesses.

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Editorial Reviews

This volume consists of both previously published and commissioned pieces selected to provide an overview of the rapid growth and spread of English throughout the world. Burns (linguistics and psychology, Macquarie U., Sydney) and Coffin (Centre for Language and Communications, Open U., UK) have incorporated articles that address issues such as the internationalization of English, the status of the non-native English teacher, the recognition of English language variation, the debate on standard verses non- standard varieties, and the role of pedagogical grammars in English language teaching. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415241168
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Teaching English Language Worldwide Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.84 (w) x 9.67 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Burns is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and Associate Director of the National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research. Caroline Coffin is a Lecturer at the Centre for Language and Communication at the Open University in the UK.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 English in the World: Change and Variety
1 World Englishes 9
2 English in the Future 26
3 New Technology: New Language at Work? 38
Pt. 2 The Globalisation of English: Opportunities and Constraints
4 The Future of Englishes 53
5 The Power and Politics of Genre 65
6 English in the World/the World in English 78
Pt. 3 Analysing English: A Text Perspective
7 Theoretical Approaches to Written Language - A Tesol Perspective 93
8 Analysing Spoken Discourse: Implications for Tesol 123
9 Language, Register and Genre 149
10 Understanding Genre and Register: Implications for Language Teaching 167
11 Literacy and Linguistics: Relationships Between Spoken and Written Language 181
12 How to Analyse Visual Images: A Guide for Tesol Teachers 194
Pt. 4 Analysing English: A Clause Perspective
13 Technicality and Abstraction: Language for the Creation of Specialized Texts 211
14 Text Analysis and Diagnostic Assessment 229
15 Pedagogical Grammars: Their Role in English Language Teaching 240
Index 270
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