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Title: Language, Education and Discourse
Subtitle: Functional Approaches
Edited By: Joseph A Foley
Description:

This collection of essays by leading functional linguists presents the
latest perspectives on language and discourse in educational settings. The
book questions the idea of 'discourse' to reveal that the social processes
of learning are imbued with the ideologies of the society and education
system within which learning takes place. The contributors take into
account the historical and cross-cultural perspectives of both classroom
practices and the student's own awareness of the ideological meanings of
language activities.

Language, Education and Discourse is divided into two sections. Part one
covers early childhood and the growing development of a language system
from the basic semiotic system of the infant. This is followed by an
analysis of the beginnings of literacy in kindergarten, the introduction to
writing in primary school and the ideological content of reading material.
Part two furthers this analysis by looking at discourse in secondary and
tertiary education. The contributors pose questions about the role and
importance of teaching grammar in the school system, and finally examine
how to refine the discourse of education.

This book will be useful to academics interested in the latest functional
perspectives on language as it is used in education.

Joseph A. Foley is at the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education
Organisation Regional Language Centre, Singapore.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Sociolinguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0826488013
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 352
Prices: U.S. $ 49.95
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0826461875
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 340
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