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What works in academic email: A genre analysis with teacher and student perspectives

Robbins, Joy (2011) What works in academic email: A genre analysis with teacher and student perspectives. Masters thesis, University of Essex.

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Abstract

Writing email requests to teachers is a necessary part of academic life for most students at Western universities, however it is a difficult undertaking as such email is an occluded genre (Swales, 1990). Students are therefore often unfamiliar with the expectations of academic email, particularly new entrants to university and NNSs. This study undertakes a genre analysis of a corpus of student request email sent to teachers in one department at the University of Essex to determine the moves of the genre and create a pedagogically useful move structure. Fourteen moves were identified that represented the entire corpus; frequency data was then used to modify this into a nine move structure. Further data on appropriate move use was derived by scoring each corpus sample according to how well it fit with institutional norms and integrating the move use of these high-scoring samples into the move structure. Interviews were conducted with teachers and students to get a fuller understanding of move use perception in academic request email and to ensure the move structure served the needs of both parties.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > International Academy
Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Joy Robbins
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2015 15:33
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2015 15:33
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7028

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