EATAW 2013

European Association of Teachers of Academic Writing

7th conference: June 27-29, 2013 Budapest, Hungary

University English is No-One’s First Language: Learning the Genres of Postgraduate Writing

(by Nigel A. Caplan with Christine Feak in absentia)

PowerPoint Slides: EATAW University English

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Abstract:

As postgraduate education becomes more broadly accessible, the need for effective strategies for teaching the language and genres of scholarly writing to masters and PhD students in their first and/or second languages has become more urgent (Cooper & Bikowski, 2007). This workshop leads participants through a toolbox of activities which they will be encouraged to adapt to their own teaching in any language. The guiding principle is genre-based pedagogy, which sees writing as embedded in contexts. Non-mainstream students need to identify, analyze, and produce the powerful genres of their discipline, defined by their purpose, staging, and lexicogrammar.

After an overview of genre-based pedagogy, drawing on English for Academic Purposes (Swales, 1990) and Systemic Functional Linguistics (Rose & Martin, 2012), the presenters will guide participants through these activities:

1. Identifying genres: Powerful yet accessible techniques for individualized needs analysis by recognizing, describing, and deconstructing such genres as research papers, proposals, and discussion board posts.

2. Building and using a mini corpus: Students build individual corpora of writing in their fields, analyze them using freely available software, and compare their writing to the corpora.

3. Collaborative writing: Strategies for pair and group work, from planning to peer review to whole-class joint construction.

4. Discussion: Selecting and implementing these techniques.

The presenters hope to start a dialogue between North American/Australian genre traditions and European scholarship and praxis. Scholarly writing is always a second language, and access to the linguistic and cultural capital of the academy is critical for postgraduate success (Bourdieu, 1986).

5 thoughts on “EATAW 2013”

  1. Hi Nigel, Looking forward to your presentation! Mine is on the same day at 11:40. See you there! Kind regards, Lydia (Webster University Vienna)

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