Quotation Komori-Glatz, Miya, Smit, Ute. 2022. Exploratory Interactive Explaining (EXINTEX): Constructing Disciplinary Knowledge in Two Multilingual University Settings. Applied Linguistics. 43 (2), 271-292.




The rise of English-medium education has led to considerable academic interest in communicative practices in multilingual university settings. However, there is still little research into disciplinary knowledge construction in higher education contexts where English is the academic lingua franca. To address this gap, we embrace the central role of explaining in education by proposing Exploratory Interactive Explaining (EXINTEX) as an analytical tool, which identifies the elements of explanatory episodes in the joint development of disciplinary knowledge. We then apply this tool at the micro-level of interaction to two comparable contexts differentiated primarily by the presence or absence of a teacher. Our findings confirm the relevance and high level of educational success of EXINTEX episodes in both quantitative and qualitative terms. They further reveal the dynamic interplay of epistemic authority and engagement in the learning process. Additionally, they show how research into educational disciplinary discourse and English as a lingua franca in academic settings can complement and supplement each other.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Applied Linguistics
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Exploratory Interactive Explaining (EXINTEX): Constructing Disciplinary Knowledge in Two Multilingual University Settings
Volume 43
Number 2
Year 2022
Page from 271
Page to 292
Reviewed? Y
URL https://academic.oup.com/applij/article-abstract/43/2/271/6274921
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/applin/amab023
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://doi.org/10.1093/applin/amab023


Komori-Glatz, Miya (Details)
Smit, Ute (Universität Wien, Austria)
Institute for English Business Communication IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
6604 Applied linguistics (Details)
6605 English language and literature (Details)
6623 Sociolinguistics (Details)
6625 Technical language studies (Details)
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