IPD0144: Recent Elaborations on Genre Pedagogy

IPD0144: Recent Elaborations on Genre Pedagogy

Date & Time

06 September 2016, 09:00 - 06 September 2016, 12:00


National Institute of Education, TR215 (Blk 2, Level 1)


Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning (GPL)


Professional Development

Events Details

Some thirty years ago, the teaching of writing was transformed with the recognition that the social purpose for writing was fundamental to the success of a text. Research involving the analysis of hundreds of texts produced by primary school students revealed that the main purpose for writing was restricted to personal recounts (Martin 1999). Further research identified a small number of basic genres representing key purposes for writing across the curriculum such as explaining, describing, recounting, reviewing, and persuading. Each of these genres embodies characteristic language features and organization into distinctive stages. On-going research has extended into the secondary school and beyond, describing the greater complexity required in responding to the curriculum demands in the various disciplines (Christie and Derewianka 2008). In this workshop we will venture beyond the early elemental genres to distinguish families of genres that can be analysed not only in terms of their broader stages but also in terms of finer-grained phases. We will also consider the role of register in influencing the kinds of choices made from the language system. And finally we will explore how genres can be explicitly taught drawing on a Vygotskyan teaching-learning cycle incorporating oral interaction, reading and writing (Rose & Martin 2012).

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