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Re: basics of academic writing

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A brief remark:
I tend to believe that "handling" genres develops students' awareness
and establishes "schemata".(Other/ previous communication courses might
mean support.)>
Ilona Ma'te'
BME

 On 23 Feb 2010, at 10:59, John Harbord wrote:
>
>> Using your 3 ECTS to perfect a single genre would be doing
>> the students a disservice unless they will only (or mainly) need to
>> write that genre.
>
> Well, yes and no. My course is 3 ECTs (for reasons that are hazy to me,
> because as a consultant lecturer, I was outside that negotiation). In it,
> PhD students work on a single article they plan to publish. In working
> through that genre, we naturally touch on the differences between it and a
> proposal. a report, etc., so the course has the form they most need as the
> focus, but they see aspects of differences as well. Then there's the
> readability of that article... that half of the course applies to anything
> technical they write in future, and I know people keep and refer to the
> class notes for years afterwards, so, disservice? No.
>
> I can't really see you disagreeing with this, so maybe it's the word
> 'perfect' that you're stressing? I'm looking for successful papers,
> flexible writers, and can't really believe in 'perfect'.
>
> Linda McPhee
> http://www.lindamcpheeconsulting.com
>

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