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Title: Learning Genres
Contributor(s): Feez, Susan  (author)orcid ; Zhang, Zuocheng  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2018
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Abstract: Learning to use a second language includes learning how to comprehend and compose texts in order to participate in the community in which the language is used. While each text is a unique expression of its immediate social context, it would be "impossible to communicate … if each time we constructed a text we had to start from scratch" (Butt, Fahey, Feez, and Spinks, 2012: 251). For this reason, over time, in each discourse community, recognisable and expected ways of exchanging meanings, or genres, "have become conventionalized through repeated use" (Tardy, 2013: 2278). For second language learners, learning genres means building a repertoire of these text patterns to guide their language use in ways that are recognised as effective for achieving their goals in the target language. The ways genres are deployed in texts that respond to the demands of specific social contexts are complex and varied. This has led to the emergence of different approaches to conceptualising genre and teaching and learning about genres. These differing orientations reflect "the range of traditions and intellectual resources" informing the study of genre over several decades, and "the pedagogical goals and conditions from which it has emerged and to which it has responded" (Bawarshi and Reiff, 2010: 209).
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: The Cambridge Guide to Learning English as a Second Language, p. 233-241
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication: Cambridge, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9781108408417
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
130207 LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Maori)
130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 470401 Applied linguistics and educational linguistics
390108 LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930201 Pedagogy
930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160302 Pedagogy
160303 Teacher and instructor development
160304 Teaching and instruction technologies
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
Series Name: The Cambridge Guides Series
Editor: Editor(s): Anne Burns and Jack C Richards
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