You will remember that the 13 types of student writing that the BAWE research has identified are often referred to as Genres or Genre Families. They are related to five Primary Purposes as explained earlier.
|1. Demonstrating Knowledge and Understanding.||
|2. Building Research Skills.||
Literature Surveys, Methodology Recounts, Research Reports
|3. Developing Powers of Independent Reasoning.||
|4. Writing for Oneself and Others.||
Event Recounts; Public Engagement
|5. Preparing for Professional Practice.||
Case Studies; Design Specifications; Problem Questions; Proposals
When you are writing it is important to know which Genre Family you need to use and you must make it clear to your reader. When students write about the purpose of the assignment, they explain the Specific Purpose, in relation to the assignment task. A sentence or two about the Specific Purpose of the assignment is often found in the introduction section, or in the first paragraph.
In Tasks 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, you will be asked to identify the Genre Families of some assignments by looking at the writers’ Specific Purposes.
The purpose of these exercises is to familiarise you with the five Primary Purposes of academic writing and the 13 Genre Families associated with these purposes. This will help you to select the most appropriate Genre Family for your writing task.
Further sections of this site will help you to write these texts, but the present purpose is simply to familiarise you with these Genre Families.