n Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig - Patterns of value : systemic functional grammar and evaluation in texts
|Article Title||Patterns of value : systemic functional grammar and evaluation in texts|
|© Publisher:||South African Association for Language Teaching (SAALT)|
|Journal||Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig|
|Publication Date||Dec 2002|
|Pages||305 - 329|
|Keyword(s)||Academic writing, Appraisal, Authorial voice, Evaluative stance and Systemic functional grammar|
In two recent articles in this journal (Kilpert, 2001a;b) I argued that 'method of development', a concept from Systemic Functional Grammar (SFG, associated with M.A.K. Halliday), is useful for teaching tertiary students to write coherent paragraphs. This follow-up article develops a related topic, explaining how the management of the evaluative stance, an aspect of the interpersonal function of language, might be taught by linking it to the management of structure. I draw on the concept of <i>phase</i> (Gregory, 1988), and include some detail from APPRAISAL theory (Martin, 2000a; White, 2001). I suggest that text analysis can make teachers aware of the expected patterns and 'voice' of specific genres and provide a technical language for talking clearly about them. I argue that this knowledge is essential for properly informed language teaching and that approaching writing as a teachable skill rather than guesswork will give all students a fair chance, regardless of background.
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