Genre Explained presents accessible, research-grounded answers to 40 questions that teachers frequently have about genre-based writing instruction
The idea of teaching writing through genres—rather than, say, through prescriptive forms, templates, and rhetorical modes—is intuitively appealing. Yet many teachers have questions, and they are absolutely right to ask them: What are genres? What is genre-based instruction? What do students write if they don’t write essays? Isn’t it easier to teach and learn five-paragraph essays? What’s the role of language in genre teaching? And many more. These are all excellent questions and ones that new and experienced teachers alike have also struggled with. This book sets out to tackle some of the most common questions that teachers, teacher educators, and administrators may have when moving toward a genre-based teaching approach.
Christine M. Tardy is Professor of English Applied Linguistics at the University of Arizona.
Nigel A. Caplan is an Associate Professor at the University of Delaware English Language Institute.
Ann M. Johns is Professor Emerita of Linguistics and Writing Studies at San Diego State University.
"In short, I strongly believe that both seasoned and novice writing instructors, regardless of their previous familiarity with GBI theory, will consider this book a true gem due to its profound insights presented in the most accessible manner possible."- Wei Xu, University of Arizona
"This book offers reader-friendly, accessible answers to some of the most common questions writing teachers in higher education may have about genre and genre-based writing instruction. It does this without oversimplifying the complex nature of genre-based writing instruction. This book will be of use to educators at various stages of their career and with varying levels of familiarity with genre-based approaches. This is a book I know I will come back to regularly and will recommend to others often."- Angela Hakim, University of Arizona
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