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Prepare a report that presents a report that includes a) an annotated bibliography of four readings relevant to issues in the field of EAP” Engli, and b) a reflection on the relevance of the readings for teaching academic English.
The concern for learning academic English has seen a rise in the last twenty years, as increasingly, non-native speakers of English are becoming part of academic institutions in the global context (Charles & Pecorari, 2016, pp.33). This creates interest in English Language Teaching (ELT) of Academic English, whether reading, writing, or comprehension (Hyland, 2007, pp.148), and what would be the best way of teaching these. This essay will present four annotated bibliographies dealing with issues in English for Academic Purposes (EAP).
2. Annotated Bibliographies
2.1. Coxhead (2000)
Coxhead, A. (2000). A New Academic Wordlist. TESOL Quarterly 34(2), 213-238.
The purpose of the author in this paper is to help teachers and students of Academic English by providing them with a ready list for reference at a tertiary level, that is, at the time of self-study.
In this study, the author has attempted to come up with a method that can help to derive a vocabulary specific to Academic English, an Academic Word List (AWL), based on large corpii of words. In doing this, the author consulted a running corpus of 3.5 million words of written academic text. To account for the common-usage words that occur across all registers of English, the author excluded the first 2000 words that came up, which were common, and proceeded to look at the commonly occurring words after that. The AWL that was derived from this method consisted of 570-word families that were seen used for about 10% of academic texts (tokens included). In order to show that these words were specific to Academic English, the author also sought them in another genre, fiction-writing, and found that they only occurred 1.4% in such writing. Thus, it was established by the author that the AWL derived was indeed reflective of vocabulary specific to Academic English, and hence a useful tool for both students and academics.
First and foremost, like all language learners requiring a dictionary, it can be a very helpful tool for practitioners of Academic English to have a ready source of reference for specific words that are encountered in their field. However, such a list cannot be a definitive one. Due to probabilistic reasons, some words can be left out of it, and hence would need to be added at a later stage. Finally, it is also necessary to think whether this list caters to both native and non-native English speakers, and if it doesn't, then how can this issue be dealt with.
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