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Autonomy in language learning is sometimes presented as a Western concept unsuited to contexts, such as those in East Asia, which have different educational traditions. This paper argues that this view is unfounded but that we need to match the different aspects of autonomy with the...
Although much has been written about the role of grammatical terminology in the second language (L2) classroom, empirical studies of this facet of L2 teaching are lacking. This paper addresses this issue by describing the use of terminology in the practices of four L2 teachers and discussing the...
This paper reports a series of ethnographic studies conducted in Hong Kong to address the problem of divergence between school-based genres and genres of public discourse, with the goal of laying a foundation for addressing the question of what genres of discourse we should be teaching. Our main...
In this paper, we discuss central concepts and issues regarding ethnographic research in education, particularly as they pertain to studies of L2 writing. After some necessary preliminaries we consider Watson-Geteo's (1988) six principles of ethnographic research, and then propose our own...
This paper sets out to explore the function of items of procedural vocabulary as signals of conceptual relations in scientific discourse. Procedural vocabulary, a general strategic vocabulary first studied by Widdowson (1983), consists of lexical items which do not belong to any particular...
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