Understanding the Structure of Texts

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This paper considers how an understanding of textual structuring can help teachers solve practical problems in the language

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Understanding the Structure of TextsJames BlackwellDownload 23 September 2013http://r-cube.ritsumei.ac.jp/bitstream/10367/4446/1/1-Polyglossia24-Understanding%20the%20Structure%20of%20Texts.pdfAbstractThis paper considers how an understanding of textual structuring can help teachers solve practical problems in the languageclassroom. More specifically, it explores gaps in the way that course books approach the teaching of reading in collegereading instruction and proposes techniques for addressing these issues with reference to the Systemic FunctionalLinguistics (SFL) notions of Genre and Genre Structuring. Taking the example of one popular reading strategy, that ofreading for the main idea in a text, it demonstrates how a Genre analysis might be applied to identify main ideas and toanalyze the principles by which texts are structured internally at the paragraph level. It concludes by offering severaloptions for further research aimed at improving teachers and students awareness of the principles of structuring thatunderlie English text.Key terms: Genre, Communicative Purpose, Schematic Structure, Textual Structuring1. IntroductionThis paper considers how an understanding of textual structuring can improve reading instruction in college English courses. Atpresent, reading course books typically offer only vague explanations of how texts are organized overall or at different levels or"layers" of structure. In many college reading courses, for in

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