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Title: Learning to Become a Professional in a Textually-Mediated World
Subtitle: A Text-Oriented Study of Placement Practices
Written By: Ken Lau
Series Title: Linguistic Insights - Volume 139

The book presents a text-based study of discourse practices in placement, a
hybrid zone which re-contextualises academic knowledge and professional
practices. Using Lave and Wenger's Communities of Practice as the
overarching theoretical framework, the study investigates how novices learn to
write like their professional counterparts. By collecting texts completed in
various placement contexts and in-depth qualitative interviews with informants,
the study features a multi-dimensional approach to the analysis of discourse
practices in terms of text construction and text consumption. The issues of
genre, feedback, identity and role associated with placement learning are
brought into focus.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034310161
Pages: 261
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