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ERIC Number: ED475015
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Pages: 20
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Genre: Where Art thou? Tracing the Role of Genre in the Foreign Language Curriculum.
Crane, Corinne; Galvanek, Janel; Liamkina, Olga; Ryshina-Pankova, Marianna
This paper explores the role of genre within a literacy based curriculum of the German department at Georgetown University. Recently, the department finished its 3-year implementation phase of a curriculum reform and is currently involved in the ongoing maintenance and refinement of curricular features such as writing and speaking tasks. Curriculum goals are geared toward gaining a set of multiple literacies, introducing students to a range of different disciplines and contexts. In the first phase of the project, interviews with faculty and teaching and non-teaching graduate students sought insights into their perceptions of genre and its pedagogical applications within the curriculum. The second phase involved compiling and analyzing all texts used pedagogically at all four levels of the curriculum. One of the pervasive themes that emerged was the relationship between genres and curricular progression. This paper addresses structural and linguistic complexity as related to genre progression. It also focuses on how genres, as contextualized frameworks, are realized along the primary-secondary discourse continuum. It concludes that success involves not only adequate linguistic and content knowledge, but also understanding of the greater context. (Contains 21 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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