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Academic literacy: genres, priorities and strategies

Barbara Mayor, Wednesday 24 March, 11.45am-12.45pm, Workshop 5F, Wilson D Block

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14 March 2010

Barbara Mayor

Wednesday 24 March, 11.45am-12.45pm
Workshop 5F
Wilson D Block, HR Learning & Development Centre, Room 3

Academic Literacy: Genres, priorities, strategies, Barbara Mayor

This session focuses on the range of academic genres you are expected to read and write within. We will first discuss some writing strategies, and then spend a large part of the session on the discussion and practice of reading strategies. (This session is a repeat of the first PACE session this academic year, presented by Maria Leedham on 4 November 2009.)


Barbara Mayor trained originally as a modern languages teacher, and taught English as a foreign language and English for specific purposes in Europe and Iran. She is now a Lecturer in the Centre for Language and Communication in the Faculty of Education and Language Studies, where she chairs the undergraduate course Exploring the English Language and is Deputy Director for Postgraduate Studies. She also co-ordinates the Professional Academic Communication in English (PACE) programme. 

Barbara has written Open University course materials on a range of topics, including bilingualism, academic literacies and applications of English grammar. With Joan Swann she co-authored a chapter on 'The English language and global teaching' for Distributed Learning: social and cultural approaches to practice (eds Lea and Nicoll, Routledge, 2002). Her latest edited collection is Learning English (eds Mercer, Swann and Mayor, Routledge, 2007), to which she also contributed a chapter on 'Academic writing in English' with Ann Hewings and Theresa Lillis. Thods Conference by Theresa Lillis.)

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