Review of Berry (2010): Terminology in English Language Teaching. Nature and Use

  • Sandro Nielsen
  • Terminology International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Issues in Specialized Communication, September 2012, John Benjamins
  • DOI: 10.1075/term.18.2.06nie

What is it about?

This is a review of a book called Terminology in English Language teaching. The chapters are generally short with case studies and examples. The impression is that the book was written for English language teachers and grammarians who cannot easily read or understand long and complex sentences and for whom English is a foreign language. Based on the examples and studies referred to (often Hong Kong teachers and students), the book appears to be written with a primarily Asian audience in mind. However, Berry manages to slip in the odd reference to learners with native languages from the European Continent and point out that learners with European languages may not have the same difficulties understanding the English grammatical terms as do Hong Kong students (and apparently also teachers) of English.

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