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Introducing Applied Linguistics

Concepts and Skills, 1st Edition

By Susan Hunston, David Oakey


258 pages

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Introducing Applied Linguistics provides in-depth coverage of key areas in the subject, as well as introducing the essential study skills needed for academic success in the field.

Introducing Applied Linguistics:

• is organised into two Sections: the first introducing Key Concepts in Applied Linguistics; and the second devoted to the Study Skills students need to succeed.

• features specially commissioned chapters from key authorities who address core areas of Applied Linguistics, including both traditional and more cutting edge topics, such as: grammar, vocabulary, language in the media, forensic linguistics, and much more.

• contains a study skills section offering guidance on a range of skills, such as: how to structure and organise an essay, the conventions of referencing, how to design research projects, plus many more.

• is supported by a lively Companion Website, which includes interactive exercises, information about the contributors and why they’ve written the book, and annotated weblinks to help facilitate further independent learning.

Ideal for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of Applied Linguistics and TEFL/TESOL, Introducing Applied Linguistics not only presents selected key concepts in depth, but also initiates the student into the discourse of Applied Linguistics.

Susan Hunston is Professor of English Language and Head of the School of English, Drama, and American & Canadian Studies, at the University of Birmingham, UK.

David Oakey is an Assistant Professor in the Applied Linguistics Program at Iowa State University, USA.

Contributing authors: Svenja Adolphs, Aileen Bloomer, Zoltán Dörnyei, Adrian Holliday, Alison Johnson, Chris Kennedy, Almut Koester, Ruby Macksoud, Kirsten Malmkjaer, Kieran O’Halloran, David Oakey. Juup Stelma, Joan Swann, Geoff Thompson, Dave Willis, Jane Willis and David Woolls.


‘This book does an excellent job of providing students new to Applied Linguistics or TESOL with a very accessible and stimulating introduction to the field. It offers an innovative design, core concepts are clearly defined and exemplified and the chapters draw insightfully on a wide range of current research. There is every possibility that this will become a standard text for students studying Applied Linguistics for thefirst time.’ -- Ken Hyland, Institute of Education, University of London, UK

‘For those of us involved in teaching postgraduate students where resources are limited, this is an ideal book to have at hand. The topics are varied and presented in such a way as to stimulate discussion in a very thought-provoking way. I teach postgraduate courses in Thailand, Vietnam and China and this book will be "a must" on my reading list.’ -- Joseph Foley, Graduate School of English, Assumption University, Thailand

'Hunston and Oakey's 250-page primer is… just what the profession needed.' - BAAL

Table of Contents

Part I: Describing English 1. Three Reasons Why2. Vocabulary and Collocation 3. Grammatical Metaphor4. Conversation Analysis in the Language ClassroomPart II: Teaching and Learning a Language 5. What is Communicative Language Teaching6. Six Propositions in Search of a Methodology: Applying Linguistics to Task-based Learning7. Researching Motivation8. Learning English in a Global SocietyPart III: Applied Linguistics in a Wider Context 9. Investigating Metaphor and Ideology in Hard News Stories10. Who Wrote This? The Linguist as Detective11. Choices the Translator Makes 12. Interrogating the Concept of Stereotypes in Intercultural CommunicationPart IV: Doing Research in Applied Linguistics 13. Designing a Questionnaire14. Using Interview Data in Case Studies15. Transcribing Classroom Language16. Using a Corpus to Study Spoken Language Part V: Skills of Interpretation 17. Understanding Noun Phrases 18. Understanding Reporting Verbs Part VI: Skills of Expression 19. Finding your Voice 20. Organising an Essay Part VII: Editing Skills 21. Referencing 22. Editing your Own Work

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Arts & Humanities
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General