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Oklahoma City University Hosts Linguistics Presentation
OKLAHOMA CITY — A linguistics professor from Australia will visit Oklahoma City University Monday to discuss how English can be used to improve education around the world. Ahmar Mahboob, a professor at the University of Sydney, will give a lecture titled “World Englishes and Higher Education” at 6 p.m. April 26 in OCU’s Walker Center room 151. The lecture is free to the public. Mahoob’s published works have covered a range of topics including language teaching, teacher education, language policy and educational linguistics. His presentation will explain the complex relationships relating to the use of English in different countries and how it effects education. Robert Griffin, professor and chairman of OCU’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program, said the presentation topic is relevant to those who are interested in how people around the world communicate with each other. “The use of language is a primary human trait. Knowing the impact of this trait is to understand not only the linguistic properties of language but also the relationship between language and power as it is seen around the globe,” Griffin said. “It extends beyond education and into the fields of politics and economics. In order to understand people, we need to understand how language is defined in various settings and how discourses of power emerge. Dr. Mahboob is an expert in this field.” Mahoob has researched text written by people from around the world to discover the barriers that could hinder human relations amongst different countries. He has used his findings to improve linguistics education for students at the college level. For more information about the presentation call Griffin at (405) 208-5941 or send an e-mail to rgriffin@okcu.edu.