Language in the Academy: Cultural Reflexivity and Intercultural Dynamics (Languages for Intercultural Communication and Education No. 20)

Language in the Academy: Cultural Reflexivity and Intercultural Dynamics (Languages for Intercultural Communication and Education No. 20)

By: Joan Turner (author)Paperback

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This book takes a critical look at why issues of language in higher education are routinely marginalised, despite the growing internationalisation of universities. Through analyses of a variety of intercultural encounters, the book highlights the range of interpretative possibilities available for understanding these encounters, and suggests the role that the reality of the contemporary intercultural dynamic between the Socratic and Confucian pedagogic traditions can play in driving change to the pedagogic practices of higher education. Another important aim of the book is to examine language in the academy as an object of cultural theory. While rooted in the practical and empirical reality of teaching and using language in higher education, this book argues for the importance of examining the institutional interface between language and higher education, and of critically exploring the values inscribed in the pedagogy and evaluation of academic language.

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Joan Turner is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre for Language and Academic Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has worked extensively with international students as they familiarise themselves with the demands of UK academic culture, as well as with home students getting to grips with academic writing. Her research interrogates the context of operation for this work. She has published in the fields of Academic Literacies, Conceptual Metaphor, Cross-cultural pragmatics, English for Academic Purposes, Higher Education, Intercultural Communication, and Writing Research.


Chapter One Introductory Overview Chapter Two Language, Language Pedagogies, and Intercultural Communication in Contemporary Higher Education Chapter Three Language in the Academy: The Discourse of Remediation Chapter Four Languaging in the Academy: Language as Dynamic Practice Chapter Five Occidentalist Inscription: The Historical Construction of Contemporary Representations of Language in the Academy Chapter Six Disciplining Language: Rhetorical Values and the Regulation of Academic Writing Chapter Seven Power/Knowledge and the Construction of Rhetorical Subjects Chapter Eight Subject to Confucian Rhetorical Culture Chapter Nine The Power/Knowledge Effects of the Socratic Dialogue Chapter Ten Socratic Subjects: The Western Tutor as Midwife Chapter Eleven Resisting the Tao of Talk: Verbalisation in Intercultural Context Chapter Twelve The Way of Learning: The Spatial Relations of Learning and Teaching in the Confucian/Taoist Tradition Chapter Thirteen The Discursive Dance of the Intercultural Chapter Fourteen The Critical Rhetoric of Being Critical

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  • publication date: 01/11/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781847693211
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 232
  • ID: 9781847693211
  • weight: 304
  • ISBN10: 1847693210

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