Accommodating taboo language in English language teaching: issues of appropriacy and authenticity

Liyanage, Indika, Walker, Tony, Bartlett, Brendan and Guo, Xuhong 2015, Accommodating taboo language in English language teaching: issues of appropriacy and authenticity, Language, culture and curriculum, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 113-125, doi: 10.1080/07908318.2015.1031675.

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Title Accommodating taboo language in English language teaching: issues of appropriacy and authenticity
Author(s) Liyanage, IndikaORCID iD for Liyanage, Indika
Walker, Tony
Bartlett, Brendan
Guo, Xuhong
Journal name Language, culture and curriculum
Volume number 28
Issue number 2
Start page 113
End page 125
Total pages 13
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2015-05-04
ISSN 0790-8318
Keyword(s) appropriate use
authentic use
English as an additional language (EAL)
English language teaching
taboo language
Social Sciences
Education & Educational Research
Language & Linguistics
Summary Culturally specific language practices related to vernacular uses of taboo language such as swearing represent a socially communicative minefield for learners of English. The role of classroom learning experiences to prepare learners for negotiation of taboo language use in social interactions is correspondingly complicated and ignored in much of the language teaching research literature. English language teachers confront not only obstacles to effective development of sociolinguistic and cultural knowledge in classroom instruction, and failure of course-books to address taboo language, but also uncertainties they themselves have about addressing such obstacles and omissions. In this paper, we draw on interview data from three experienced teachers of English as an additional language, to explore their perceptions and classroom practices in relation to taboo language. In particular, we explore the situational appropriateness of mild taboo swearing using the lexical item, bloody, which has a strong positioning in Australian language culture. Dilemmas surrounding this potentially troublesome item of Australian English are foregrounded in relation to the extent to which often neglected, but widely used taboo language is actually ‘taboo’ in the classroom.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/07908318.2015.1031675
Field of Research 130207 LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Maori)
Socio Economic Objective 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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