English For Theology
The author has sought to make the contents ecumenically relevant. The book assumes a level of proficiency in English suitable for tertiary-level study. The contents focus especially on developing reading skills. The eleven units in Section 1 provide instruction and...
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The author has sought to make the contents ecumenically relevant. The book assumes a level of proficiency in English suitable for tertiary-level study. The contents focus especially on developing reading skills. The eleven units in Section 1 provide instruction and practice in the skills of reading comprehension in English, using authentic theological texts. The way in which meaning is conveyed through mode of discourse, genre, organization of ideas, paragraph and sentence structure, and the skills of scanning, skimming and interpreting cohesive devices are included. The thirteen units in Section 2 offer practice in applying reading, listening, writing and speaking skills. English for Theology is and has been tested by a variety of students and their teachers in the region, including lecturers and selected students at the Auckland Consortium for Theological Education within the University of Auckland, New Zealand, teachers and students in West Papua (Uniting Church), and individual students from Vietnam and China studying in the Philippines. Copies have also been made available for individual use and/or in selected student libraries in the Philippines, Indonesia, Iraq and East Timor. The common theme in feedback to date is that the book is 'very helpful' to students and teachers alike.
Foreword, Gustavo Gutierrez Acknowledgments Introduction: About this book How to use this book: Notes to Teachers and Students SECTION 1 DEVELOPING ACADEMIC READING SKILLS IN ENGLISH FOR THEOLOGY Unit 1 Introduction to Reading Theology Unit 2 Types of Publications: Theological Texts in English Unit 3 Meaning in Text: Modes of Discourse Unit 4 Meaning in Text: Genre and Organization of Ideas Unit 5 Prediction as an Aid to Comprehension Unit 6 Reading for Specific Information: Scanning Unit 7 Reading for the General Idea: Skimming Unit 8 Paragraph Structure and Comprehension Unit 9 Sentence and Clause Structure and Comprehension Unit 10 Cohesive Devices and Comprehension Unit 11 Levels of Meaning and Authorial Voice SECTION 2 APPLYING READING SKILLS AND DEVELOPING SPEAKING, LISTENING AND WRITING SKILLS Unit 12 Focus on Asia and the Pacific; grammar focus-present simple, present continuous tense Unit 13 Theology and Spirituality; grammar focus-passive voice, present and continuous tense Unit 14 Theology and Language; grammar focus articles Unit 15 Religion and Culture; grammar focus-simple past, past continuous tense Unit 16 Revelation and Theologizing; grammar focus-prepositions Unit 17 Christology; grammar focus relative clauses Unit 18 The Problem of Suffering; grammar focus nominal or noun clauses Unit 19 Grace: grammar focus-modal verbs and present perfect tense Unit 20 Justice, Development and Good News; grammar focus-adverbial clauses Unit 21 Understanding Scripture: grammar focus-gerunds and gerund phrases Unit 22 Ecological Theology; grammar focus-conditional clauses Unit 23 Genes, Ethics and Theology; grammar focus-participles and participial phrases Unit 24 Christianity and Religious Pluralism; grammar focus-apposition Linguistic Glossary Theological Glossary Appendices A Listening Texts B Answers to Exercises C List of Sources of Theological Texts used Evaluation Form
English for theology is a practical language development resource written in response to the needs of tertiary theological students from non-Englsih speaking backgrounds. The book can be used as a text book in a class setting or as a book on a one one with a student by themselves. The book includes a Foreword by Gustavo Guierrez OP and is written by a qualified English as a second langauge - ESL - teacher.