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The new rhetoric school approach to genre: developing critical English for academic purposes courses

Grant number: 16/06589-4
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2016
Effective date (End): June 30, 2017
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Applied Linguistics
Principal researcher:Solange Aranha
Grantee:Bruna Gabriela Augusto Marçal Vieira
Supervisor abroad: Charles Bazerman
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências, Letras e Ciências Exatas (IBILCE). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de São José do Rio Preto. São José do Rio Preto , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of California, Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara), United States  
Associated to the scholarship:15/11088-1 - Critical EAP for Brazilian Computer Science graduated students: contributing to learners' academic literacy in two genres, BP.DR

Abstract

This project presents the justification of the need for an internship overseas research within the doctorate project called Critical English for Academic Purposes (CEAP) for Brazilian Computer Science graduate students: contributing to learners´ academic literacy in two genres, supported by FAPESP (process 2015/11088-1). CEAP (Benesch, 2001) is a branch in the approach to language teaching for specific purposes which advocates for the need of including in language classes social, cultural and political issues related to communication in specific academic environments. The New Rhetoric School (NRS) approach to genre seems to be a possible methodological tool for the design of CEAP courses, since it offers a detailed methodology to investigate the context of genre use and the intertextuality among genres that perform social activities, define social roles and disseminate ideologies in a specific discourse community. The objectives of this project are 1) to study and understand the NRS; and 2) to analyze, under the supervision of an expert in the theory, Doctor Charles Bazerman - the uses Brazilian Computer Science discourse community members make of English to publish the results of their researches. To do so, Professor Bazerman´s classes, seminars and study groups will be attended, and the activity system for academic publication of the community will be investigated, in order to identify the genre system that performs such activity. Besides, textual patterns of abstracts and introduction of research articles on Computer Science will be analyzed, for the purposes of understanding how these texts linguistically perform their work in the system. (AU)

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