Using systemic functional linguistics in university teaching: a postgraduate class on making writing more "readable"
journal contributionposted on 02.06.2017 by Chanock, Kate
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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. The session, described in this paper, suggests ways 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.