Tuesday, February 8, 2011

on genre knowledge

Hyland, K. (2004). Genre and second langugae writing. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press. 

In chapter 3, Hyland summarizes what genre knowledge entails

  1. Knowledge of the personal, institutional, and social communicative purposes a genre is routinely employed to accomplish
  2. Knowledge of the roles, or general positions, that particular genres typically make available
  3. Knowledge of the ways texts are typically formed and structured to relate to purposes and meanings and how far manipulation and variation are feasible
  4. Knowledge of appropriate topics and how these are developed and presented
  5. Knowledge of the bundles of lexical and grammatical features that together create appropriate register choices
  6. Knowledge of the recurring contexts in which genres are composed and used
  7. Knowledge of the values and beliefs of the audiences and communities that frequently use the genre, the names they use for genres, and the meanings genres have for them
  8. Knowledge of a text’s dependence on other texts that it draws on, including the ways texts form chains and connections in human activity sequences (p. 84)

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