Learning language from reading texts

This is the first paragraph of the introduction in “Utility Privatisation in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Case Study of Water, Kate Bayliss, The Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol. 41, No. 4 (Dec., 2003), pp. 507-531”. A student has highlighted a number of words and phrases that might be useful in her writing.

The last two decades have witnessed a transformation in development policy, as state-led practices have become increasingly discredited and growing emphasis has been placed on the private sector. As part of this trend, privatisation has become a cornerstone of reform programmes which are adopting a ‘market-oriented’ policy agenda. Despite the realignment from structural adjustment to poverty reduction as the focus of the development framework in the late 1990s, privatisation remains a core policy throughout sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). While many governments have taken steps to implement privatisation programmes, progress has been slower than was anticipated in the early 1980s, and for a long period such programmes only featured smaller-scale enterprises. Now, due in part to donor pressure, governments are beginning to privatise larger enterprises and address the more contentious sales.

The student has used a dictionary to make notes on these words and phrases.

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Notice that the student has noted many of the types of information about words or phrases which you saw in the Language Focus activity in Week 2.

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