Applying semantic gravity wave profiles to develop undergraduate students' academic literacy

Brooke, Mark ORCID: 0000-0002-3071-6806 (2020) Applying semantic gravity wave profiles to develop undergraduate students' academic literacy. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 43 (3). pp. 228-246. doi:10.1075/aral.19012.bro

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This study draws on Legitimation Code Theory (LCT), particularly semantic gravity waving, as a strategy for academic literacies practitioners to conceptualise how knowledge in their field might be organised and presented. Students can be guided to notice meanings related to context-dependency at the discourse and lexico-grammatical levels through the presentation of semantic gravity waving profiles. For this study, semantic gravity waving profiles have been found useful for explaining the rationale of a genre pedagogy approach, the structure of an Introduction-Method-Results-Discussion (IMRD) genre, and teaching both lexical coherence for a theoretical framework section, and accurate use of determiners with non-count abstract nouns such as “research”. Therefore, semantic gravity profiling seems to provide explanatory power as a pedagogical tool in the classroom. Findings from a mixed method survey with sixty students as well as extracts from student texts before and after semantic gravity waving profile pedagogical interventions are provided.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Legitimation Code Theory; semantic gravity; knowledge; Introduction-Method-Results-Discussion
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Society and Learning
Depositing User: Mark Brooke
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2023 10:19
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2023 10:30

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