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CLA Speaker Series: Brian Paltridge

When Apr 01, 2016
from 02:30 PM to 04:00 PM
Where 113 Charnegie Building
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The Center for Language Acquisition presents a lecture in the CLA Speaker Series by Brian Paltridge (University of Sydney) who will speak on:

"Context and the Researching and Teaching of Academic Writing"

Learning to write in the academy involves acquiring a repertoire of linguistic practices which are based on complex sets of discourses, identities, and values. These practices, however, vary according to context, culture and genre. This presentation discusses how these issues can be taken up in the researching and teaching of academic writing. It will do this, first, by examining how the notion of context is taken up theoretically in linguistics research more broadly and, then, how contextualised understandings of the use of language have been explored by academic writing researchers. It will then discuss ways in which the context in which students’ writing is produced impacts on the texts they are expected to produce and how students can be made aware of, and take account of this in their writing.


Brian Paltridge is Professor of TESOL at the University of Sydney. His most recent publications are Research Methods in Applied Linguistics, edited with Aek Phakiti (Bloomsbury, 2015) and Ethnographic Perspectives on Academic Writing (with Sue Starfield and Christine Tardy, Oxford University Press, 2016). He has recently completed, with Sue Starfield, a book on getting published in academic journals to be published by the University of Michigan Press. He also, with Sue Starfield, edits the
Routledge Introductions to English for Specific Purposes and the Routledge Researching English for Specific Purposes series. He is a co-editor of TESOL Quarterly and an editor emeritus for English for Specific Purposes.