Silva’s “On the Ethical Treatment of L2 Writers”: Still Very Relevant

Reading Time: 4 minutesThis entry looks at a classic piece from the early years of the field of L2 writing that is still shockingly relevant in today’s higher education environment of increasing international student enrollment targets. Specifically, it discusses the ethical treatment of L2 writers and writing at Western universities. TL;DR: Go read Silva (1997)!

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Listening for needles in haystacks: how lecturers introduce key terms

Reading Time: 4 minutesThis article reports on a corpus-based study of the discourse of university lectures, which aimed to identify linguistic patterns that could help EAP / L2 students with note-taking. It finds some ‘standard’ formulaic expressions, as well as other discourse markers used by lecturers to highlight key terms or concepts.

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