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Revista Brasileira de Linguística Aplicada

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Rev. bras. linguist. apl. vol.10 no.2 Belo Horizonte  2010 



'Academic literacies approaches to genre'?1


Abordagens de gênero para letramentos acadêmicos'?



Brian Street

King's College London, E-mail:




I provide an overview of approaches to writing referred to as 'academic literacies' building on broader traditions, such as New Literacy Studies, and I draw out the relevance of such traditions for the ways in which lecturers provide support to their students with regard to the writing requirements of the University. I offer three case studies of the application of academic literacies approaches to programmes concerned with supporting student writing, in the UK and the USA. I briefly conclude by asking how far these accounts and this work can be seen to bring together many of the themes raised at SIGET conferences - including academic literacies and its relation to genre theories - and express the hope that it opens up trajectories for future research and collaboration of the kind they were founded to develop.

Keywords: Academic literacies; student writing; genre theories.


Neste trabalho, eu apresento uma visão geral de abordagens para a escrita conhecida como 'letramentos acadêmicos', construídas sob a luz de tradições mais amplas, como os Novos Estudos de Letramento; também aponto a importância dessas tradições nos modos pelos quais professores dão apoio aos seus alunos no que diz respeito às exigências da escrita acadêmica. Ilustro o trabalho com três estudos de caso de aplicação de abordagens de letramento acadêmico em programas que dão apoio à escrita, no Reino Unido e nos Estados Unidos. Concluo perguntando como essas questões e este trabalho podem ser usados para reunir e colocar em prática muitos dos temas abordados nas conferências do SIGET - incluindo letramentos acadêmicos e sua relação com as teorias de gêneros - e expressar o desejo de que isso abra caminhos para futuras pesquisas e colaboração do tipo a que eles foram fundados para desenvolver.

Palavras-chave: Letramento acadêmico; escrita de estudantes, teorias de gênero.



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1 Paper originally presented at Fifth International Symposium on Textual Genre Studies (V SIGET), August 11-14, 2009.

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