Using systemic functional linguistics in university teaching: a postgraduate class on making writing more 'readable'

While systemic functional linguistics illuminates many of the language practices of university students, its terminology can be daunting. I am interested in finding ways of offering insights from systemics with the minimum of jargon, to help students with the problems they experience in negotiating academic discourse. One such attempt is a session for postgraduates on density in writing, and some differences between speaking and writing in academic contexts. It suggests ways of making writing more readable, and a procedure by which students can identify the linguistic changes needed to turn a chapter or article into an oral presentation.

Publication Source Information
Author/s: 
Kate Chanock
Year of publication: 
1999
Title of Journal, Edited book or Conference and Page numbers: 
Monash University Linguistics Papers, 2 (1), 61-68
ISSN/ISBN: 
1327-9130
Contact details
Email: 
c.chanock@latrobe.edu.au
Contactable: 
Yes