English for community membership: planning for actual and potential needs

University of Michigan Press
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English for Specific Purposes in Theory and Practice, 2009, 1, pp. 244 - 263
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Amajortension underlies the design of English language programs for enabling community membership. On the one hand there is a pressure to respond to a diverse range of specific and immediate needs for language use. At the same time there is an imperative to build the potential of learners to use language beyond specific instances. This chapter explores one response to this tension in the form of a large-scale curriculum designed for adult immigrants in Australia. The chapter articuiates the underlying theory of the curriculum and illustrates in practical examples how such theory is enacted.
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