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Applying ESP to Encourage Genre Awareness Among Writing Students in an American College
Nathan Brian Jones

Building: Library
Room: D304
Date: 2019-10-11 10:35 AM – 11:05 AM
Last modified: 2019-09-19




What is college-level writing and how should it be taught? In fact, there is considerable disagreement about how to address this question. The presenter applies Teacher Action Research and ESP to show how teacher-initiated interviews with colleagues and student-initiated interviews with faculty across campus are useful to develop and refine the curriculum of a college-level writing course in an American community college, to make the writing course relevant for students. The presenter summarizes the outcomes of his interviews with faculty at his community college about their expectations of college-level writing. He discusses the development of his writing course syllabus to address the concerns of colleagues in various disciplines across campus. In addition, he shows how students are asked to interview faculty across campus about expectations of college-level writing and to share these results with the teacher and the rest of the class. The outcome is a dynamic course curriculum that promotes genre awareness among writing students to help them to adjust to the various demands of college-level writing.


The target audience is anyone wanting students to produce college-level writing. The recommended size of the audience would range between 1-100 persons. The presenter requests the presence of a laptop computer and a projector.


College-Level Writing; ESP; Genre Analysis