Accessing Academic Language: Introducing Students to Genre

Many students, and particularly ELLs, struggle to comprehend and construct academic text. It can be challenging to provide explicit instruction to guide acquisition of academic language skills. This session will introduce teachers to Systemic Functional Linguistics, a linguisitc theory that provides a detailed description of how language functions to contruct meaning across all learning areas.  A central concept of this theory is the notion of genre, the patterned predictable ways that language is used to construct knowledge. 

Target Audience
Middle/Junior (e.g. 6-8, etc.)

Language of Instruction

Sponsoring PSA
BC Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (BC TESOL)



Catherine Humphries

Catherine Humphries is an Educational Consultant.

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