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Textographies and the researching and teaching of writing

Author(s): Brian Paltridge

Journal: Ibérica
ISSN 1139-7241

Volume: 15;
Start page: 9;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: academic writing | genre | ethnographies | textography | research-led teaching

This paper describes three different examples of the use of textographies in the researching and teaching of writing. The first is an examination of the exegeses that art and design students write in their masters degrees. In the second example, a group of teachers looked at the writing section of Chinese College English tests. The third example describes a course in which second language students carry out an analysis of the kinds of writing that is required of them in their academic studies. Each of the projects aims to go “beyond the text” (Freedman, 1999) in order to gain an understanding of why the texts are written as they are.
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