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LSIS Research Development Fellowship (RDF) projects 2011-2012: Genre based approach to the teaching of writing

Principal focus of the project

The project focused on exploring teaching methods for teaching writing, taking into account the challenges of learners engaging well with curriculum content when they did not necessarily believe such content was useful to them in dealing with their life needs. The researcher conducted a literature review to identify key concepts within this field of research, and collected and analysed data over one teaching term for students receiving genre based approaches to teaching, through marking notes from formative assessments and reflective notes completed by the researcher at the end of each session.

What is this about and what were the main findings?

The research project found learners were familiar with the features of genre taught in lessons, and that the learners benefited most when the genres identified were relevant to their work. It also concluded that teaching functional grammar in conjunction with teaching writing was beneficial.

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Number of participants who worked with the project
Name(s) of authors

Pinaki Chakrabarti - Sunderand Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training

Name of associate programmes

LSIS Research Development Fellowship


A research report that explores the extent to which the use of genre based approaches to teaching writing also improve ESOL learners' abilities to write.

Resource Type: Report
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