The Oxford Introductions to Language Study is a series of brief, clear introductions to the main areas of language study. These books are written for teachers and students of linguistics and language studies. The layout is carefully structured and easy for readers to follow. Each book is split into three main sections:
Survey - an outline of the key concepts and current thinking.
Readings - authentic writings from experts and established names.
References - suggestions for further reading.
Applied Linguistics investigates real-world problems involving language. As such it has the difficult task of mediating between academic expertise and lived experience, attempting to reconcile opposed interests and perspectives. This clearly written introduction provides a concise but comprehensive overview of the most pressing and controversial issues surrounding contemporary language use today, including intercultural communication, political persuasion, new technologies, the growth of English, language in education, and foreign language teaching and learning.