Entering the Conversation

Can you help me understand this English question?

I’m sure you’ve heard the comparison before – academic writing is like attending a never-ending cocktail party. A vibrant conversation was going before your arrived, multiple well-known scholars were taking turns making claims about topic X, supporting their claims with various types of evidence, listening attentively to their peers before agreeing, refuting, or complicating previous points. Topic X for our party is ‘the consequences of a global language’.


This week’s activity gives you an opportunity to practice three academic writing moves with Crystal (2012) Chapter 1. Writing move one is summarizing a scholar’s position. While you read Crystal’s section on the dangers of a global language, decide which of his three consequences you think is most significant (just your opinion). As a reminder, the three you are choosing from are Linguistic Power, Linguistic Complacency, and Linguistic Death. You will need to summarize his position on one danger for your reader in your post.

The second academic writing move you will practice in this post is offering two reasons for your argument. Again, the argument is a basic one, ‘I think the most significant danger of a global language is Z for A and B reasons’. These reasons need to be your own, what you think about the topic. You can use any of the content from this class so far or your own life experience.

The third academic writing move is to respond to others. Read a few of your classmates’ posts. Respond to oneclassmate’s post with critical commentary. *Critical does not mean hurtful and it does not mean congratulatory*Demonstrate an understanding of their reasons in your response before you challenge or complicate their position. The goal here is to further our thinking on the subject. Word limit 350.


You must choose one from Crystal’s three arguments that you agree most strongly with. You have to summarize his position before giving two reasons you agree with him. Your post needs a simple thesis (like the one in blue above). For you peer response, summarize your peer’s reasons before giving your critique.

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