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Genre-based language curriculum – the case of English in newspapers

English teaching and learning continues to be nowadays teacher-based, especially in the cases where it is a second language. In terms of curriculum this is determined and designed by language planners and teachers as part of a formal system. Language learning can be facilitated within a genre-based flexible language curriculum, but even across and beyond its confines, which is going to confer more freedom to the participants to the teaching and learning process. One of the most effective means of doing this is a daily newspaper which provides a wide variety of genres and sub-genres which are meant to enlarge the linguistic knowledge of any reader that wants to learn English. ESP/ESL courses are meant to provide linguistic information regarding the rich data of the language used in the newspaper. Because of the variety of genres, the newspapers offer many different headlines, news report, sports, reports, editorials, feature articles, comments, letters to the editor, classified advertisements, reviews, book reviews, weather and ordinary reports and fashion columns. There are also articles on every topic, such as accidents and disasters, crimes and police beat, etc. to subject like travel, real estate, films, food, music, television, theatre, etc. Therefore due to this large variety of genres and topics, a large variety of language learners is motivated. However, unlike other written discourse which seems to require specific expertise and relative knowledge to understand the message conveyed, the appeal of a newspaper is meant for a general audience, combining the standard language use which is internationally recognized and a typical national variety. Using newspaper language as input to language-teaching will create less problems of cultural bias, which other types of writing might in most second-language learning. Another advantage of newspaper language is its freshness and the fact that it’s...
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