Sociocultural Theory and the Teaching of Second Languages - James P. Lantolf

Sociocultural Theory and the Teaching of Second Languages - James P. Lantolf

9 Mediation as Objectification in the Development of Professional Academic Discourse: A Corpus-informed Curricular Innovation

Sociocultural Theory and the Teaching of Second Languages - James P. Lantolf

Steven L Thorne [+-]
Portland State University
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Steven L. Thorne is Professor of Second Language Acquisition and holds faculty appointments in the Department of World Languages & Literatures at Portland State University and in the Department of Applied Linguistics at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
Jonathon Reinhardt [+-]
University of Arizona
Jonathon Reinhardt is Associate Professor of English Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching at the University of Arizona.
Paula Golombek [+-]
University of Florida
Program in Linguistics

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The chapter by Thorne, Reinhardt and Golombek, ‘Mediation as Objectification in the Development of Professional Academic Discourse: A Corpus-informed Curricular Innovation’ implements Concept-Based Instruction in an ESL International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Program at a large research university. The concern of the project is instruction in the pragmatic function of hedging in English, which according to the authors is an important function for ITAs when advising students during one-on-one office-hour sessions. The course of instruction designed by Thorne and his colleagues is situated within a perspective known as data-driven learning. To this end, the authors draw up the large corpus of academic English, MICASE, developed at the University of Michigan. They use this data to benchmark the performance of ITAs as well as to develop instructional materials. They then developed a series of systematic diagrams to present the concept of pragmatic hedging to the ITAs and to assist them in guiding their appropriate use of English when interacting with their American undergraduate students.

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Thorne, Steven; Reinhardt, Jonathon; Golombek, Paula. 9 Mediation as Objectification in the Development of Professional Academic Discourse: A Corpus-informed Curricular Innovation. Sociocultural Theory and the Teaching of Second Languages. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 256-284 Jul 2008. ISBN 9781845532505. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=29310. Date accessed: 21 Feb 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.29310. Jul 2008

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