LINGUIST List 23.5349

Wed Dec 19 2012

Books: Student Writing and Genre: English

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <>

Date: 18-Dec-2012
From: Ellena Moriarty <>
Subject: Student Writing and Genre: English
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Title: Student Writing and GenreSubtitle: Reconfiguring Academic KnowledgePublication Year: 2012Publisher: Bloomsbury Linguistics (formerly Continuum Linguistics)

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Author: Fiona English

Paperback: ISBN: 1441124705 9781441124708 Pages: 240 Price: U.K. £ 24.99


This book is about how genres affect the ways students understand and engagewith their disciplines, offering a fresh approach to genre by usingaffordances as a key aspect in exploring the work of first year undergraduateswho were given the task of reworking an essay by using a different genre.

Working within a social semiotic frame of reference, it uses the notion ofgenre as a clear, articulated tool for discussing the relationship betweenknowledge and representation. It provides pedagogical solutions to contentionsaround ‘genres’, ‘disciplines’, ‘academic discourses’ and their relation tostudent learning, identity and power, showing that, given the opportunity towork with different genres, students develop new ways of understanding andengaging with their disciplines.

Providing a strong argument for why a wider repertoire of genres is desirableat university, this study opens up new possibilities for student writing,learning and assessment. It will appeal to teachers, subject specialists,researchers and postgraduates interested in higher education studies, academicliteracies, writing in the disciplines and applied linguistics.

'Fiona English has written a book that is path-breaking, theoretically andpractically. Authoritative and solidly based on the achievements of work inacademic literacies, she treats genre as a flexible instrument for the shapingand re-shaping of writing and knowledge in the disciplines. The approach willhave far-reaching, transformative effects both on the potentials of students'engagement with disciplinary knowledge and writing, as much as on practices ofteaching in the different disciplines.' - Gunther Kress, University of London,UK.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics Discourse Analysis

Written In: English (eng)

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