Understanding Language Use in the Classroom Including Teaching Materials for College Educators Author: Susan J. Behrens

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30 Apr 2018
Multilingual Matters
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It is clear that a proper understanding of what academic English is and how to use it is crucial for success in college, and yet students face multiple obstacles in acquiring this new 'code', not least that their professors often cannot agree among themselves on a definition and a set of rules. Understanding Language Use in the Classroom aims to bring the latest findings in linguistics research on academic English to educators from a range of disciplines, and to help them help their students learn and achieve. In this expanded edition of the original text, college educators will find PowerPoint presentations and instructor materials to enhance the topics covered in the text. Using these additional resources in the classroom will help educators to engage their students with this crucial, but frequently neglected, area of their college education; and to inform students about the unexamined linguistic assumptions we all hold, and that hold us back.


I am pleased to recommend this essential book on academic English from a renowned linguist. The accessible style, lesson plans, PowerPoints, and current topics make it a more useful text for students and instructors. Information on voice and speech science enhances the material on form and function of language.

- Robert M. Goldfarb, Adelphi University, USA

This important and highly accessible book demonstrates how an understanding of basic linguistics can help students improve their academic English. The comprehensive resources mean that the reader does not require a background in linguistics, and the clear and entertaining accompanying teaching materials will greatly assist educators with their lesson plans.

- Kerry Mullan, RMIT University, Australia

Meticulously researched and methodically organized, this book is written in a clear, accessible style. Informed by extensive interviews and her own years of classroom experience, Behrens’ engaging examples demystify the academic English that we want our students to master. I value this book as a resource for understanding the needs of my students, particularly those in their first year.

- Mary Boldt, York College of Pennsylvania, USA

Author Biography:

Susan J. Behrens is Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Director of the Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, USA. She contributes weekly lessons on writing and English composition to The New York Times in Education (nytimesineducation.com). Her other publications include Grammar: A Pocket Guide (Routledge 2010) and Language in the Real World: An Introduction to Linguistics (with Judith A. Parker, Routledge 2010).

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Postgraduate, Research / Professional, Undergraduate, Text

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