1st Edition

Discipline-Specific Writing
Theory into practice

ISBN 9781138907447
Published September 30, 2016 by Routledge
218 Pages

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Book Description

Discipline-Specific Writing provides an introduction and guide to the teaching of this topic for students and trainee teachers. This book highlights the importance of discipline-specific writing as a critical area of competence for students, and covers both the theory and practice of teaching this crucial topic. With chapters from practitioners and researchers working across a wide range of contexts around the world, Discipline-Specific Writing:

  • Explores teaching strategies in a variety of specific areas including science and technology, social science and business;
  • Discusses curriculum development, course design and assessment, providing a framework for the reader;
  • Analyses the teaching of language features including grammar and vocabulary for academic writing;
  • Demonstrates the use of genre analysis, annotated bibliographies and corpora as tools for teaching;
  • Provides practical suggestions for use in the classroom, questions for discussion and additional activities with each chapter.

Discipline-Specific Writing is key reading for students taking courses in English for Specific Purposes, Applied Linguistics, TESOL, TEFL and CELTA.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
    John Flowerdew and Tracey Costley
  2. Investigating local sociocultural and institutional contexts for discipline-specific writing
    Richard W. Forest and Tracy S. Davis
  3. Developing writing courses for specific academic purposes
    Helen Basturkmen
  4. The role of grammar in the discipline-specific writing curriculum
    Jack Richards and Lindsay Miller
  5. Approaches and perspectives on teaching vocabulary for discipline-specific academic writing
    Averil Coxhead
  6. Using genre analysis to teach writing in the disciplines
    Sunny Hyon
  7. Teaching writing for science and technology
    Jean Parkinson
  8. Using annotated bibliographies to develop student writing in social sciences
    Damian Fitzpatrick and Tracey Costley
  9. Discipline-specific writing for business students: research, practice and pedagogy
    Julio Gimenez
  10. Teaching English for Research Publication Purposes with a focus on genre, register, textual mentors and language re-use: a case study
    John Flowerdew and Simon Ho Wang
  11. Introducing corpora and corpus tools into the technical writing classroom through Data-Driven Learning (DDL)
    Laurence Anthony
  12. Critical literacy writing in ESP: perspectives and approaches
    Christian W. Chun
  13. Towards a specific writing language assessment at Hong Kong universities
    Jane Lockwood

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John Flowerdew is Professor Emeritus at City University of Hong Kong and is now based in the UK, where he is a Visiting Professor at Lancaster University.

Tracey Costley is a Lecturer in the Department of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex, UK.


"Flowerdew and Costley have brought together an outstanding group of authors for this volume. The chapters bring together theory and practice in a way that is both highly readable as well as extremely useful for teachers of discipline-specific writing. An excellent publication."
Brian Paltridge, University of Sydney, Australia

"This book demonstrates the value of research-informed teaching. Research on disciplinary writing is extended into practical considerations for the teacher in the classroom. The multiple research perspectives, teaching strategies and pedagogic considerations raised in this book will make it an enormously useful resource for researchers and teachers."
Suganthi John, University of Birmingham, UK