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very interesting article on how work is represented in language textbooks

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Edited by Patrick Andrews, Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011, 10:21

This is a very interesting article on textbooks and the kinds of capitalistic perspectives that are often shown.  If any students of E844 are reading, they might see the links with Wallace's article and her reference to the overuse of topics like "diets, dating and dinner parties".

It is interesting that there are still analyses of "Streamline" and "Strategies" as I wonder if these are still used.  I think I remember Strategies as being quite critical as it says here.  I also remember reading an East German textbook with a portrait of a British working man who was a Morning Star reader.  

Gray J (2010) "The Branding of English and The Culture of the New Capitalism: Representations of the world of Work in English Language Textbooks" Applied Linguistics 31/5: 714-733

http://applij.oxfordjournals.org.libezproxy.open.ac.uk/content/31/5/714.full.pdf+html

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