Genre-based approach to teaching English for Academic Purposes: Changes in undergraduates' academic writing

Ting , Su Hie and Law, Lily (2008) Genre-based approach to teaching English for Academic Purposes: Changes in undergraduates' academic writing. In: Proceedings of International Conference on Teaching and Learning, "Innovating Minds, Communicating Ideas: Reinventing language , teaching and learning", 2008, March 17-19, Petaling Jaya.

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Abstract

English for Academic Purpose (EAP) courses focus on developing undergraduates' language skills through explicit instruction on knowledge, skills and strategies needed to produce effective academic texts for various purposes at university. This study examined the changes in undergraduates' academic writing after taking an EAP course in terms of the structuring of the content and the use of language features relevant to the purpose of the text. Undergraduates enrolled in an EAP course were given a topic to write about at the beginning and at the end ofthe semester. The analysis of the write-up of24 undergraduates in a class indicated that there was preference for information reports although there were a fair number of explanation texts. The end-of-semester writing showed greater awareness of effective ways to structure a text to achieve the communicative purpose based on accepted conventions. There was evidence of improvement in the use of related language features and mechanics of writing, especially paragraphing. The impact of formal instruction in academic reading and writing on good and poor writers is discussed in relation to focal areas needing attention for better outcomes.

Item Type: Proceeding (Paper)
Additional Information: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, UNIMAS
Uncontrolled Keywords: UNIMAS, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, teaching English, English language, academic writing
Subjects: A General Works > AC Collections. Series. Collected works
A General Works > AC Collections. Series. Collected works

L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Centre for Language Studies (rebranded to FLSCS in 2015)
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2014 08:17
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2015 05:57
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/727

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