Christopher N. Candlin

Christopher N. Candlin is Senior Research Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University, Sydney. He has been Head of the Department of Linguistics, and was the Foundation Executive Director of the Australian Government’s National Centre for English Language Teaching & Research from 1987-1998, and established the Research Centre in Language in Social Life, also at Macquarie. He has held Professorships at Lancaster University, UK, The City University of Hong Kong, the UK Open University, and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and holds Honorary Professorships at the Universities of Lancaster, Nottingham and Cardiff in the UK, and at Beijing Foreign Studies University, together with Adjunct Professorships at Aarhus University, Denmark, The University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, and the Hellenic American University in Athens. He has been a consultant for research and curriculum development at the ELI at KUIS for over ten years, working closely with colleagues, has acted as Visiting Professor at Giessen University (Germany), University of Hawai’i, University of Toronto (OISE), Jyvaskyla University, Finland, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and held a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Research Professorship at the Centre for Health Communication Research at Cardiff University (UK). His current research is in applied linguistics particularly in the field of professional and organizational communication, focusing on foreign language education, healthcare and law. He has over 150 publications in terms of books, book chapters, and papers in international academic journals in his fields of interest, together with commissioned reports, and has successfully supervised 60 doctorate students with a further 12 currently under supervision, many of them internationally. He has directed or co-directed over 50 externally funded research projects in his fields of inquiry and has been a plenary or keynote speaker at over 90 international conferences. He is, or has been, a member of the Editorial Boards of several international journals, including Applied Linguistics, TEXT & TALK, Journal of Sociolinguistics, Language Awareness, Journal of English for Specific Purposes, and Communication in Medicine, and co-edits (with Srikant Sarangi) the Journal of Applied Linguistics (Equinox) which will be relaunched as the Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice in 2011. He acts or has acted as reviewer for submissions to 16 international journals, has served as external assessor for faculty appraisal in 29 universities (5 in Australia) and for PhD’s in 20 universities (8 in Australia) and has been a member of Research Panels in his fields for research awards in Australia, the UK, and Finland. He also edits or coedits eight international book series with Pearson (Longman), Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, and Equinox. From 1996 to 2002 he was elected (for two terms) as President of the International Association of Applied Linguistics.

Closing plenary: Modes of advising in pragmatic space: The dynamics of interaction

‘Advising’ is not a self sufficient nor a sealed construct. As an emergent activity type in language learning and pedagogy it engages with particular types of discourse and is realised multimodally. It is the product of, and drives, particular interactions. Above all, it flies in what I will call ‘pragmatic space’ where hybridity and negotiation of boundaries is a constant. Accordingly, we should be wary of too clearcut, and perhaps constraining, definitions, preferring rather to accommodate to dynamic and variable boundaries. At the same time the trajectories of ‘Advising’ can be described, interpreted and explained. I will try to do this in this paper.


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