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Language in Uniform

Language Analysis and Training for Defence and Policing Purposes

Editor(s): Helen de Silva Joyce, Elizabeth A. Thomson

Book Description

Language education and training are an important part of life for some men and women in uniform. Around the globe, police and military personnel are faced with language challenges in their domestic security duties, including interaction with overseas tourists and community members who speak any number of languages. They are also often called upon to manage international roles that require an understanding of languages other than their own, including participating in international policing initiatives and military deployments.

Language in Uniform: Language Analysis and Training for Defence and Policing Purposes brings together a collection of papers that reflect the diverse work being done in the often overlooked Language for Specific Purposes (LSP) fields of defence, security and policing. As language learning is increasingly becoming an integral part of life in uniform, this volume extends the theoretical and practical understanding of LSP and acknowledges the ground-breaking work that has been and continues to be done with this approach in language teaching and assessment for defence, security and law enforcement purposes.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-7055-9
ISBN-10: 1-4438-7055-2
Date of Publication: 01/01/2015
Pages / Size: 290 / A5
Price: £47.99


Helen de Silva Joyce has worked for many years in curriculum and program management roles in the adult English as a second language field, and has experience as a teacher and a teacher trainer. She is the author of numerous language education resources and journal articles for all sectors of education, including two recent books on visual literacy and multimodality. She has undertaken research into various aspects of language use in social contexts and developed a curriculum that has guided teaching practice.

Elizabeth A. Thomson is an Academic Research Officer at the Centre for Defence Research, Australian Defence College, Canberra, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Canberra. She researches in the fields of sociolinguistics and interculturality. Her most recent publication is the report Battling with words: A study of language, diversity and social inclusion in the Australian Department of Defence.