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Category: Discourse Series

Teacher training and Development

C is for Coherence

Is she coherent?  Watch this much discussed video of a young beauty pageant contestant answering a question posed by the judges.   Thinking Task 1 Is Miss South Carolina coherent or not?     Thinking Task  2 Read this text and say if it is coherent. Try to answer the following questions: Where was published?…
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G is for Genre

<![CDATA[ Definition  Genre ( /ˈʒɑːnrə/ or /ˈdʒɑːnrə/; from French, genre French pronunciation: [ʒɑ̃ʁ], “kind” or “sort”, from Latin: genus (stem gener-), Greek: genos, γένος) is the term for any category of literature or other forms of art or culture, e.g. music, and in general, any type of discourse, whether written or spoken, audial or visual, based on some set of stylistic criteria. Genres…
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N is for New Information

<![CDATA[This is the first of a series of posts  intended to introduce some basic concepts of Discourse Analysis and to illustrate them in a fun, if possible, way. N is for New Information Screenshot of front pages Definition New information is information that is assumed by the speaker not to be known to or assumed by the addressee,…
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P is for Politeness in Conversational English – a Discourse Perspective

<![CDATA[Many teachers who have had the opportunity to read discourse analysis either at University or on a PD course such as the Cambridge DELTA,  express great interest in this way of studying connected text or talk, but just as many find it  hard to incorporate it into their teaching; apart from an occasional lesson focusing…
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