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ERIC Number: EJ780155
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0019-042X
Understanding Sociocognitive Space of Written Discourse: Implications for Teaching Business Writing to Chinese Students
Zhu, Yunxia
International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching (IRAL), v44 n3 p265-285 Nov 2006
Confronted with various issues in teaching business writing to Chinese students in New Zealand, this paper sees the need for bridging the gap between genre-based research and teaching in an intercultural context. Specifically, it develops an intercultural reflective model in the light of Bhatia's sociocognitive genre study as well as cross-cultural persuasion. As an important part of the model, New Zealand and Chinese experts' intracultural and intercultural reflections on business writing are solicited and compared and the theoretical implications for teaching and learning business writing are discussed. It has been found, through a case study of analysing English and Chinese business faxes, this model can offer an in-depth understanding about discursive competence across cultures, and provide a link between genre-based theory, teaching practice and professional expertise. (Contains 4 tables and 3 notes. Appended are the following: A copy of an English Fax; and a copy of a Chinese Fax.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand