Application of Genre Theory in College-English Reading

Xinran WANG


In college reading teaching, most students pay more attention on the word, sentence and syntax, but ignore the whole text structure, thus, investigations upon college students shall be made to prove effective, in order to help the learners have the awareness of generic structure, and improve their reading ability and communicative competence. The author analyzes five different genres in details from a generic perspective, which is narrative text, news story, argumentative text, exposition and introduction. The author puts forward two hypotheses and makes an experiment about two subjests, finally analyzes the data and gets some meaningful implications.


Genre; Genre analysis; Genre-based teaching approach; Generic structure

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