Dr Clarence Green and Dr James Lambert Publish in English for Specific Purposes

Dr Clarence Green and Dr James Lambert Publish in English for Specific Purposes

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

clarence-greene james-richard-lamber
Dr Clarence Green                        Dr James Lambert

Dr Clarence Green and Dr James Lambert at NIE’s English Language & Literature Academic Group, published a paper in English for Specific Purposes (a Tier 1 journal) titled “Position vectors, homologous chromosomes and gamma rays: Promoting disciplinary literacy through secondary phrase lists”.

This paper arose from an OER project titled “Improving Disciplinary Literacy by Developing Vocabulary and Grammatical Profiles”. The study builds on two recent trends in wordlist research. Firstly, there has been a debate over the extent of a general academic vocabulary, which has led to a focus on discipline-specific pedagogical wordlists. Secondly, there has been a movement toward capturing phraseology. The Secondary Phrase Lists combines these two trends. Furthermore, the paper contributes to theory as well as practice. The extent of a general academic vocabulary has been questioned by previous research that has found vocabulary and lexical bundles vary so much by discipline that a discipline-specific approach to vocabulary instruction should be adopted. The current study explores content word phraseology (e.g. gamma rays) and reports disciplinary variation greater than previous phraseological research into lexical bundles, suggesting limited general academic vocabulary for phrases of this kind, thereby supporting the need for discipline-specific resources that capture them.

Dr Green and Dr Lambert were also invited to deliver a talk at the STELLAR Centre of MOE on 14 September 2018. The talk was based on the above article and another related article titled “Advancing disciplinary literacy through English for academic purposes: Discipline specific wordlists, collocations and word families for eight secondary subjects”. The audience at the talk consisted of officers and specialists from Singapore’s Ministry of Education.