Challenges in the Application of Genre Theory to Improve L2 Academic Writing: Effective Reports and Assessment

Maria Martinez Lirola, Derek S. Irwin


This paper examines the application of a systemic-functional linguistic (SFL) Genre Theory approach to an L2 classroom in Spain, where English systems and their formal and functional characteristics were explicated in the teaching-learning process in order to help students improve their writing skills. It analyses various facets of the effectiveness of this approach through a careful consideration of student report writing, first by analysing the assessors’ marking parameters and concentration, and second by thoroughly going through the papers themselves to summarise the nature and quantity of the various writing issues, paying particular attention to areas in which the existing assessment was questionable, incorrect, or not indicating errors in standard English.


Genre Theory; ELT; text types; academic writing; assessment; teaching-learning process; errors

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