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Abstract It has been shown that language learners can benefit from a discovery-based learning process whereby they construct as well as consult their own specialist corpora and vocabulary portfolios, for the purposes of translator training (Castagnoli 2006), for general English (Smith 2011) and for academic English learning (Charles 2012; Smith 2015). In the present study, a cohort of 94 international students on an EAP module, majoring in Accounting and Finance, was divided into hands-on (treat...
#1Clarice S.C. Chan (PolyU: Hong Kong Polytechnic University)H-Index: 2
Abstract Although past research has shown some differences between junior and senior employees' use of English for workplace communication, no studies have yet provided a long-term and holistic view of how professionals' use of English changes as they gain seniority, what language difficulties they encounter at different stages of their careers and how they overcome these difficulties. The present paper addresses this gap by exploring the changing language and communication needs of three senior...
#1Shahin Moghaddasi (U of A: University of Alberta)H-Index: 2
#2Heather Graves (U of A: University of Alberta)H-Index: 2
Last.Xavier Gutiérrez (U of A: University of Alberta)H-Index: 1
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Abstract This research is motivated by John Swales' genre analysis of academic texts and rhetorical studies of visuals in scientific texts. Swales' approach still generates insights into the rhetorical structure of research genres across disciplines, yet few studies explore their nonverbal aspects. Rhetorical studies of visuals examine images and ignore links with surrounding texts and may overlook ways that the nonverbal contributes to the discipline's intellectual project. ESP genre research h...
#1Rosemary Wette (University of Auckland)H-Index: 7
Abstract This study reports on provision to assist students in the health sciences develop knowledge and skill in locating, evaluating, and synthesising sources to use as supporting evidence for the argument essays they are required to produce for first year courses at a university in New Zealand. Students were provided with support in the form of documents, tutorials, online discussion and structured assignment tasks, as well as through embedded instruction offered collaboratively by subject le...
Abstract Academics from Pacific Rim expanding circle countries are increasingly expected to produce English language research articles. Writing for reputable journals requires an understanding of these journal editors' expectations. This paper describes one way in which editors' expectations have been demonstrated interactively to staff and post-graduate students at an Indonesian university. The exercise comprises a sequence of role-plays representing different steps of the manuscript review pro...
#1Winnie ChengH-Index: 15
#2Phoenix W. Y. LamH-Index: 7
Last.Kenneth C.C. Kong (Lingnan University)
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Abstract Using language to establish and maintain interpersonal relationships contributes to effective workplace communication. Importantly, language plays a significant role in constructing professional role and identity, building solidarity and rapport, presenting comments and views, and facilitating collaboration and problem-solving in the workplace. Yet, the teaching of workplace interpersonal language is under-researched, and the extent to which such teaching materials, in particular textbo...
#1Paschal Maher (UZH: University of Zurich)
#2Simon Milligan (UZH: University of Zurich)
Abstract A large proportion of all graduates study engineering disciplines, and the number of master theses completed far outstrips that of doctoral-level works. However, engineering disciplines in general and their master theses in particular have received comparatively little attention from applied linguistics, leaving writing instructors with sparse guidance when preparing courses for MSc students in engineering. Here, we present the results of a corpus analysis of introduction sections in 57...
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