Discursive practices of private online tutoring websites in Russia

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    Abstract

    A recent development in English teaching in Russia is the emergence of private online language-tutoring schools, which offer one-on-one lessons by means of audio/videoconferencing. It remains unclear: (1) how these new providers of educational services are presenting themselves to the potential learners; (2) what ideology they tend to drawn on and (3) whether there is sufficient similarity to conceptualise these websites as exemplars of the same genre. This paper employs the tools of critical discourse analysis (CDA), Genre Theory and Appraisal within the Systemic Functional Linguistics to study the language of 17 websites of private online language schools. The study aims to investigate whether the websites exhibit similar discourse and ideology and whether they might belong to the same ‘genre prototype’. The analysis reveals a considerable thematic, structural and rhetorical similarity between the websites and a high presence of neoliberal ideology.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)354-368
    Number of pages15
    JournalDiscourse : studies in the cultural politics of education
    Volume36
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Keywords

    • private online tutoring
    • Russia
    • critical discourse analysis
    • marketisation of education
    • language teaching
    • digital genres

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