English for specific purposes and the use of a specialist-informant
Roloff, Vera Lucia Posnik, 1955-
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Abstract: The teaching of highly specialized prose is often troublesome to a language teacher who is not trained in the subject-matter. To approach this pegagogical problem, it has been suggested that teachers should explore the feasibility of using a subject-matter specialist to assist them in reading this type of writing. Following that suggestion, the present study attempts to respond to a particular situation observed with the graduate students in the area of Soil Science at Universidade Federal do Parana. It examines four journal articles in the field of Soil Science in the light of (i) what the language teacher needs to know in order to understand the pieces, and (ii) what the subject-matter specialist brings to the successful reading of these materials. The results obtained reveal that relevant and valuable information can be gained and applied by the language teacher through this methodology. In addition to that, it stands as a useful means of providing the teacher with a certain confidence in the target subject-matter, a step which can result in more meaningful instruction.
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