By Ken Hyland
A part of the highly-regarded Applied Linguistics in motion series, Teaching and discovering: Writing, deals a transparent, finished evaluate of writing examine and instructing. Ken Hyland, a broadly released and hugely skilled instructor of either utilized Linguistics and EFL, brings jointly the newest study and educating practices within the box of writing in a hugely readable, wide-ranging volume.
* presents truly laid-out dialogue of key subject matters utilizing bullet issues, packing containers, and monitor pictures.
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* supplies large examples of study matters and instructing techniques with case reviews.
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The theories in this section address the general issue of what it is that good writers do when confronted with a composing task, and seek to formulate the methods that will best help learners acquire these skills. Here I want to sketch the main contours of three positions which together have contributed to the hugely inﬂuential process writing movement: • the ﬁrst focuses on the personal creativity of the individual writer • the second on the cognitive processes of writing • the third on the writer’s immediate context.
When seen as situated activity, writing does not stand alone as the discrete act of a writer, but emerges as a conﬂuence of many streams of activity: reading, talking, observing, acting, making, thinking and feeling as well as transcribing words on paper. Studies therefore seek to analyse, often in considerable detail, how writing is constituted as a feature of local situations. To accomplish such exhaustive or ‘thick’ descriptions (Geertz, 1973) of writing contexts, researchers have relied heavily on ethnographic studies.
14 Ethnographic research Ethnography is a type of research which undertakes to give, insideroriented description of individuals’ cultural practices (Ramanathan and Atkinson, 1999b: 49). It relies on the view that collecting and analysing a variety of different kinds of data makes possible a more valid description of complex social realities than any single kind of data alone. Applying this method to an understanding of how and why people write means gathering naturally occurring data under normal conditions from numerous sources, typically over a period of time, without interfering with either writers or the writing context.
Teaching and Researching Writing (2nd Edition) by Ken Hyland