The writer-reader relationship in academic writing

Kamal, Banu (2007) The writer-reader relationship in academic writing. In: The Second Biennial International Conference on Teaching and Learning of English in Asia : Exploring New Frontiers (TELiA2), 14-16 June 2007, Holiday Villa Beach & Spa Resort, Langkawi. Faculty of Communication and Modern Languages, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, pp. 1-7. ISBN 978-983-42061-2-3

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Abstract

In the past, we were taught to think that writing and reading were two separate skills and the writer was more important than the reader because he or she was seen as an active composer of messages while the reader was seen only as a passive receiver of these messages This has changed because in academic writing, the focus is on the active writer-reader relationship. Both the writer and reader will bring their world views to write and read the text respectively. The aim of this paper is to examine and understand how the writer (ESL student) and the reader (lecturer) relationship in academic writing can be improved if their shared knowledge of the assigned text increases. This concept is essential for good writing and ultimately this will help ESL students improve their grades in their writing assignments. This paper will also discuss how English instructors can play an important role in helping ESL students demonstrate, summarize and synthesize ideas in their written discourse.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Organized by Department of Modern Languages, Faculty of Communication and Modern Language, Universiti Utara Malaysia
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: College of Arts and Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 30 May 2011 01:29
Last Modified: 30 May 2011 01:29
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/3253

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