Last updated: 2015-09-16

[Lecture] Exploring the discourse of lectures, 23 Sep.

Topic: Exploring the discourse of lectures
Speaker: Dr Sue Hood, University of Technology Sydney

Time: 8:00-9:30AM, Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Venue: Room 315, School of Foreign Languages Building, South Campus, Sun Yat-sen University

School of Foreign Languages, Sun Yat-sen University
Centre for Australian Studies, Sun Yat-sen University

This lecture reports on a study of lectures! The particular focus is going to be a lecture in health science, and we’ll look at how the lecturer makes meaning in spoken language and body language, alongside images on slides. Drawing on systemic functional linguistic (SFL) theory, we’ll see how the lecturer’s language supports the students’ learning of the scientific knowledge. We’ll see how the lecture involves dynamic shifts in the way the field is presented, and how this helps the students move from the shared here-and-now world of the lecture theatre to the uncommon-sense knowledge that resides in written texts.