Academic Writing in a Global Context: The Politics and by Mary Jane Curry, Theresa Lillis

By Mary Jane Curry, Theresa Lillis

Academic Writing in a world Context addresses the problem of the strain on teachers world wide to supply their paintings in English in scholarly publishing, and why the expansion of using educational English concerns.

Drawing on an 8 12 months ‘text-ethnographic’ examine of the stories of 50 students operating in Europe, this publication discusses those questions at either a macro and micro point – via discussions of data review structures on all degrees, and research of the development of a textual content in the direction of ebook. as well as this, case reviews of person students of their neighborhood associations and international locations are used to demonstrate studies of utilizing English within the educational international.

Academic Writing in a world Context examines the influence of the turning out to be dominance of English on educational writing for ebook globally. The authors discover the ways that the worldwide prestige attributed to English is impacting at the lives and practices of multilingual students operating in contexts the place English isn't the reliable language of verbal exchange and throws into reduction the politics surrounding educational publishing.

This booklet should be of curiosity to postgraduates and execs within the fields of global Englishes, language and globalization and English Language Teaching.

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These chapters mark a shift away from the predominantly horizontal analytic lens evident in Chapters 2 to 4 to consider the vertical axis, with an emphasis on the boundaries and stratification at work between Anglophone-centre and nonAnglophone-centre scholars, including a discussion of how these boundaries key into traditions of Enlightenment Science. Chapter 7 concludes the book by exploring some of the challenges in developing a more equitable model of academic text production and evaluation, illustrating some of the ways in which both centre and periphery scholars are currently seeking to open up multidirectional knowledge exchange.

While publishing mainly in the medium of Slovak, she also publishes in English, albeit to a lesser extent. She recognizes that publishing in English is considered higher status, however the main driving force behind her writing and publishing in English is the opportunity it offers to share her ideas more widely, beyond the national context. She always asks a ‘native’ speaker (from a university background) to proofread her English-medium texts and thinks that the biggest challenge she faces is to get the paper to ‘sound’ English.

Most scholars in the study are keen to contribute to local research ‘conversations’ (Bazerman 1988) by writing for the national academic community. National publishing outlets such as academic journals are often broad in scope, publishing a range of research articles on different topics and using very different paradigms. For example, Margarida, a Portuguese psychologist, edits a Portuguese-medium journal which is aimed primarily at the national research community and has both a psychological and broader social sciences remit, as indicated in the journal’s description: ‘A revista [XX] publica artigos e notas de investigacão, revisão ou discussão teórica, nos dominios da Psicologia e das outras ciências sociais, humanas e do comportamento’ (The journal [XX] publishes articles and research notes, reviews and theoretical discussions, in the fields of Psychology and other social human and behavioural sciences).

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