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English for Theology : A Resource for Teachers and Students - Gabrielle Kelly

English for Theology

A Resource for Teachers and Students

Paperback Published: 31st December 2004
ISBN: 9781920691158
Number Of Pages: 249

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English for Theology has a specific goal. It is a resource workbook for the development of academic English language skills in theology and related disciplines for students - and their language teachers - from non-English speaking backgrounds. The author has sought to make the contents ecumenically relevant. The book assumes a level of proficiency in English suitable for tertiary-level study. The contents focus especially on developing reading skills. Section 1 (eleven units) provides instruction and practice in the skills of reading comprehension in English, using authentic theological texts. The way in which meaning is conveyed through mode of discourse, genre, organization of ideas, paragraph and sentence structure, and the skills of scanning, skimming and interpreting cohesive devices are included. Section 2 (13 units) offers practice in applying reading skills, as well as practice in listening, writing and speaking skills. Because theology is always grounded in a cultural context, and because this resource book has been produced in the first place with Asia-Pacific students in mind (though the principles are universally applicable), the socio-cultural realities of this region are background themes in many of the units.

"English for Theology is a practical language development resource written in response to the needs of tertiary theology students from non-english speaking backgrounds (NESB). Experienced tertiary ESL/EFL language teachers and theology lecturers working with NESB students, including those who have systematically trialed the book, are in agreement that it is an excellent resource. This innovative book brings to the field of theological education conducted in English the fruit of up-to-date insights from applied linguistics and foreign language teaching, combined with both a deep empathy for the situations of students and their teachers and a gift for facilitating good learning. Students will value the accuracy and clarity with which the difficult issues have been identified and addressed. Teachers of all levels of expertise and experience will find it not only invaluable in working with students from language backgrounds other than English, but also enlightening on the relationship between language, the content of a field of study, and the cultures of learners and teachers. A valuable and long awaited resource!" -- Margaret Cargill, Senior Lecturer, Adelaide Graduate Centre, The University of Adelaide, South Australia

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
About this book How to use this book
Notes to Teachers and Students
Developing Academic Reading Skills In English For Theology
Introduction to Reading Theology
Types of Publications: Theological Texts in English
Meaning in Text: Modes of Discourse
Meaning in Text: Genre and Organization of Ideas
Prediction as an Aid to Comprehension
Reading for Specific Information: Scanning
Reading for the General Idea: Skimming
Paragraph Structure and Comprehension
Sentence and Clause Structure and Comprehension
Cohesive Devices and Comprehension
Levels of Meaning and Authorial Voice
Applying Reading Skills And Developing Speaking, Listening And Writing Skills
Focus on Asia and the Pacific; grammar focus-present simple, present continuous tense
Theology and Spirituality; grammar focus-passive voice, present and continuous tense
Theology and Language; grammar focus articles
Religion and Culture; grammar focus-simple past, past continuous tense
Revelation and Theologizing; grammar focus-prepositions
Christology; grammar focus relative clauses
The Problem of Suffering; grammar focus nominal or noun clauses
Grace: grammar focus-modal verbs and present perfect tense
Justice, Development and Good News; grammar focus-adverbial clauses
Ecological Theology; grammar focus-conditional clauses
Genes, Ethics and Theology; grammar focus-
Christianity and Religious Pluralism; grammar focus-apposition Linguistic
Glossary Theological Glossary
Appendices
Listening Texts
Answers to Exercises
List of Sources of Theological Texts used Evaluation Form
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ISBN: 9781920691158
ISBN-10: 1920691154
Series: Dominican Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 249
Published: 31st December 2004
Publisher: Australian Theological Forum
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 29.21 x 22.23  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.79