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Strategies for Teaching Unbiased Language in English for Law Enforcement

5 pagesPublished: February 23, 2017

Abstract

The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (2000) forbids discrimination, and national legislations follow suit. Language is a symptom of and a contributor to an unequal status. Civil servants, and the police to a higher extent, must observe this in order to prevent secondary victimisation and contribute to attitudes of inclusion and equal opportunities. Therefore, training in non-discriminatory language is a must in any EFL course for law enforcers.
Different teaching methodologies are applied with trainee police officers (CEFR B1) in the Spanish Police Academy to obtain critical language awareness. These strategies allow trainee officers to produce discourse sensitive to difference, and have beneficial results in building up their linguistic proficiency addressed to their professional performance.

Keyphrases: English for law enforcement, ESP, unbiased language

In: Chelo Vargas-Sierra (editor). Professional and Academic Discourse: an Interdisciplinary Perspective, vol 2, pages 143--147

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BibTeX entry
@inproceedings{AESLA2016:Strategies_for_Teaching_Unbiased,
  author    = {Gabriela Torregrosa and Sonsoles S\textbackslash{}'anchez-Reyes},
  title     = {Strategies for Teaching Unbiased Language in English for Law Enforcement},
  booktitle = {Professional and Academic Discourse: an Interdisciplinary Perspective},
  editor    = {Chelo Vargas-Sierra},
  series    = {EPiC Series in Language and Linguistics},
  volume    = {2},
  pages     = {143--147},
  year      = {2017},
  publisher = {EasyChair},
  bibsource = {EasyChair, http://www.easychair.org},
  issn      = {2398-5283},
  url       = {https://easychair.org/publications/paper/l8},
  doi       = {10.29007/cq9f}}
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