Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Professional Communication

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Professional Communication

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The Routledge Handbook of Language and Professional Communication. Edited by Vijay Bhatia and Stephen Bremner. London, UK: Routledge, 2014. 584 p. $204 (ISBN 9780-415-67619-9)

The contributors in this single-volume handbook thoroughly examine the pedagogic and practitioner interpretations of language and professional communication, as well as the theoretical frameworks of related disciplines: business communication, management communication, workplace communication, corporate communication, and organizational communication. Further, the handbook "is an attempt to introduce current research and practice in the field of language teaching and learning in professional contexts to a wider audience" (xvi).

The thirty-five chapters tend to be quite lengthy--some extending to over twenty pages and contain standard sections such as, "Related topics," "Key readings," and "Bibliography." Four major sections organize the handbook: "Approaches to Professional Communication," "Practice," "Acquisition of Professional Competence," and "View from the Professions," which contains interviews with practitioners from the banking, law, accounting, and public relations fields. The handbook concludes with a handy index. …

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