n Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig - A multidirectional model for tertiary-level disciplinary writing
|Article Title||A multidirectional model for tertiary-level disciplinary writing|
|© Publisher:||South African Association for Language Teaching (SAALT)|
|Journal||Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig|
|Publication Date||Jun 2008|
|Pages||81 - 97|
|Keyword(s)||Academic writing, Applied linguistics, Discipline-specific language teaching, Genre-based approach, Language teaching, Postmethod pedagogy and Principled pragmatism|
Genre approaches to academic writing are still enjoying wide support among pedagogues and applied linguists in the UK, US and Australia. However, genre-based pedagogies have been widely criticised for their explicit teaching of discourse structure and their emphasis on lexis and grammar. This article aims to demonstrate that the foundational principles of genre approaches are reconcilable with postmodern ways of reasoning and with most post-process approaches in language teaching. It is suggested that current method and postmethod pedagogies share an underlying component structure; they only differ with regard to their emphases. Based on the notion of 'principled pragmatism' a multidirectional, genre-focused model for teaching and learning academic writing in a tertiary education context is designed and justified.
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