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Verbal Communication by Louis de Saussure, Andrea Rocci

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Mary Jo Reiff

28Written communication skills

Abstract: This chapter presents the state of the art of the research on writing skills from a rhetorical and genre perspective. The chapter considers writing instruction in academic contexts and professional writing contexts and focuses on research studies that explore both the cognitive and social dimensions of written communication. It highlights research that examines the development of genre learning in academic and professional contexts, the relationship between genre knowledge and performance, and the ways in which genre knowledge is socially situated and culturally mediated. The chapter concludes with a discussion of methodologies in rhetorical genre studies and applications to teaching writing ...

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