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An individual subjectivist critique of the use of corpus linguistics to inform pedagogical materials.

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Richards, K., & Pilcher, N. (2016)
An individual subjectivist critique of the use of corpus linguistics to inform pedagogical materials. Dialogic Pedagogy, 4, https://doi.org/10.5195/dpj.2016.163
Corpus Linguistics, or the gathering together of language into a body for analysis and development of materials, claims itself an assured, established method (or field) that v...

Contextualising higher education assessment task words with an ‘anti-glossary’ approach

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Richards, K., & Pilcher, N. (2014)
Contextualising higher education assessment task words with an ‘anti-glossary’ approach. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 27(5), 604-625. doi:10.1080/09518398.2013.805443
Key ‘generic’ assessment task words such as ‘discuss’ and ‘critically evaluate’ are integral to higher education assessment. Although sources such as study skills guides give ...

Avoiding dialogues of non-discovery through promoting dialogues of discovery.

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Richards, K., & Pilcher, N. (2015)
Avoiding dialogues of non-discovery through promoting dialogues of discovery. Dialogic Pedagogy, 3, 43-64. https://doi.org/10.5195/dpj.2015.101
International students and direct entrants—those entering a higher year of a degree—often come from socio-economic or cultural backgrounds different from traditional students,...

Western and Eastern Building Conservation Philosophies: Perspectives on Permanence and Impermanence

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Forster, A. M., Thomson, D., Richards, K., Pilcher, N., & Vettese, S. (2019)
Western and Eastern Building Conservation Philosophies: Perspectives on Permanence and Impermanence. International Journal of Architectural Heritage, 13(6), 870-885. https://doi.org/10.1080/15583058.2018.1490827
In this conceptual paper, we illuminate Western building conservation philosophy practice with insights into Eastern conservation philosophy and associated aesthetic understan...

Should we teach from materials developed with corpus linguistics?

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Richards, K., & Pilcher, N. (2017)
Should we teach from materials developed with corpus linguistics?. English for Specific Purposes Special Interest Group Journal,
In our presentation for the IATEFL ESP-SIG in Athens our intention was to create ‘wobble’ and genuine dialogue around the issue of the importance of ‘context’ in relation to ...

Academic literacies: the word is not enough

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Richards, K., & Pilcher, N. (2017)
Academic literacies: the word is not enough. Teaching in Higher Education, 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2017.1360270
For Academic Literacies, the world is textually mediated; written texts and what informs them reveal elements such as subject-discipline practices. Furthermore, multi-modaliti...

Challenging the power invested in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Why determining ‘English’ preparedness needs to be undertaken within the subject context

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Pilcher, N., & Richards, K. (2017)
Challenging the power invested in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Why determining ‘English’ preparedness needs to be undertaken within the subject context. Power and Education, 9(1), 3-17. https://doi.org/10.1177/1757743817691995
Higher Education (HE) institutions worldwide base international student recruitment on the assumption their preparedness in ‘English’ is assured if they reach a certain level ...

The paradigmatic hearts of subjects which their "English" flows through

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Pilcher, N., & Richards, K. (2016)
The paradigmatic hearts of subjects which their "English" flows through. Higher Education Research and Development, 35(5), 997-1010. https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2016.1138455
Much research into the use of corpora and discourse to support higher education students on pre-sessional and in-sessional courses champions subject specificity. Drawing on th...

Using physical objects as a portal to reveal academic subject identity and thought

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Richards, K., & Pilcher, N. (2020)
Using physical objects as a portal to reveal academic subject identity and thought. Qualitative Report, 25(1), 127-144
We are lecturers who help students studying subjects that use word-based writing, non-word based writing such as Mathematics, and non-text based language such as visual semiot...

How a view of language underpins approaches to supporting higher education students that facilitate neo-liberalism, and how to resist this

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Richards, K., & Pilcher, N. (2018)
How a view of language underpins approaches to supporting higher education students that facilitate neo-liberalism, and how to resist this. Power and Education, 175774381881180. doi:10.1177/1757743818811801
In this article we argue a particular view of language underpins approaches to supporting students in Higher Education, and that this view facilitates neoliberalism. Universit...