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Introducing Genre and English for Specific Purposes

By Sunny Hyon

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206 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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Genre analysis has become a key approach within the field of English for Specific Purposes and helps students understand particular language use patterns in target contexts.

Introducing Genre and English for Specific Purposes provides an overview of how genre has been conceptualized and applied in ESP, as well as the features that distinguish ESP genre research and teaching from those of other genre schools. The macro and micro aspects of ESP genre-based pedagogy are also analysed and include: different possibilities for planning and designing an ESP genre-based course; the concrete, micro aspects of materials creation; and how genres can be learned through play.

Introducing Genre and English for Specific Purposes is essential reading for students and pre-service teachers who are studying Genre, English for Specific Purposes or language teaching methodologies.


"Hyon's book captures the breadth and depth of genre theory in ESP, drawing on the most recent publications in the field. Due to the inclusion of examples of teaching activities, the book would be useful for university students and preservice teachers who are studying genre, ESP and language teaching methodologies. I would also recommend this book to those who are familiar with genre studies in ESP because it charts the development of this theory over the last 50 years. The book's accessibility also makes it excellent reading for genre theorists from other traditions who would like to explore genre in the ESP tradition."

Koay, J., Journal of English for Academic Purposes (2018),

Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction

Chapter 1. Genre in English for Specific Purposes

Part II. ESP Genre Analysis

Chapter 2. Analyzing Genre Moves

Chapter 3. Analyzing Genre Lexicogrammatical Features

Chapter 4. Analyzing Genre Contexts

Part III. ESP Genre-based Learning and Teaching

Chapter 5. Designing Genre-based Courses

Chapter 6. Creating and Assessing Genre-based Teaching Materials

Chapter 7. Exploring Future Issues: Genre Play, Learning, and Transfer

About the Author

Sunny Hyon is Professor of English at California State University, San Bernardino, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Introductions to English for Specific Purposes

Routledge Introductions to English for Specific Purposes provide a comprehensive and contemporary overview of various topics within the area of English for specific purposes, written by leading academics in the field. Aimed at postgraduate students in applied linguistics, English language teaching and TESOL, as well as pre- and in-service teachers, these books outline the issues that are central to understanding and teaching English for specific purposes, and provide examples of innovative classroom tasks and techniques for teachers to draw on in their professional practice.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Bilingual Education
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Arts & Humanities
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General