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Incidents in an Educational Life
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Incidents in an Educational Life chronicles the educational journey of John M. Swales. A leading scholar in the field of Applied Linguistics and its subfield of English for Specific Purposes, Swales has taught across the globe in places such as Italy, Sweden, Libya, the United Kingdom, and the University of Michigan. His memoir offers a rare glimpse into the professional journey of a prominent scholar and educator. Incidents in an Educational Life explores the lessons Swales learned by teaching and by being taught. The story follows his gradual transformation from an English as a Second Language teacher to one of the leading international figures in his field, stopping along the way to tell the sometimes amusing, sometimes painful anecdotes that have made him the recognized educator he is today. His entertaining prose make this volume a must-read for anyone considering the field, or the many ways in which we all become teachers. John M. Swales is one of the leading international scholars in the field of English for Specific Purposes. He retired in the summer of 2006 from the University of Michigan after teaching at multiple universities overseas. He is the co-author of the international bestseller Academic Writing for Graduate Students (3rd ed.).

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. One: Schoolboy Years
  2. pp. 1-25
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  1. Two: Three Years at Cambridge and Three Years in Europe
  2. pp. 26-55
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  1. Three: Two Spells in Libya with a Post-Graduate Interlude
  2. pp. 56-88
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  1. Four: A Mistake in Leeds and a Recovery in Khartoum
  2. pp. 89-123
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  1. Five: The Rise and Fall of the Aston Group
  2. pp. 124-160
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  1. Six: Twenty and More Years in the American Midwest (and Elsewhere)
  2. pp. 161-200
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  1. Seven: Reflections on an Educational Life
  2. pp. 201-208
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