Developing Chinese EFL Learners' Generic Competence

A Genre-based & Process Genre Approach

  • Liming Deng
  • Qiujin Chen
  • Yanyan Zhang

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Liming Deng, Qiujin Chen, Yanyan Zhang
    Pages 1-2
  3. Liming Deng, Qiujin Chen, Yanyan Zhang
    Pages 3-16
  4. Liming Deng, Qiujin Chen, Yanyan Zhang
    Pages 17-29
  5. Liming Deng, Qiujin Chen, Yanyan Zhang
    Pages 103-106
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 107-204

About this book


This work investigates the development of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners’ generic competence in reading, writing and translation within the particular Chinese classroom context. It provides a new perspective for the current teaching and research in reading, writing, translation within the EFL contexts and offers an insightful framework for pedagogical applications in language learning and teaching. Its findings will be extremely valuable not only in local situations, but also more generally in a wider regional and global context as well.

The book employs a series of research tools, including pre-research and post-research questionnaires, pre-test and post-test of reading/writing/translation, multi-faceted writing portfolios (including reflection reports), textual analysis and in-depth interviews. It involves 209 participants from a primary university in Wuhan, among whom 171 are undergraduates and 38 are postgraduates. ​And it draws on the analysis of such varied multi-sourced data both qualitatively and quantitatively.

Genre-based teaching is playing a critical role in initiating EFL learners into the discourse community of the target language. Developing EFL learners’ generic competence is viewed as the ultimate goal in the process of teaching and learning. This monograph effectively demonstrates that like genre-based English for Specific Purposes (ESP) pedagogies, it is also possible to take advantage of already acquired genre knowledge for use in EFL learning contexts. It offers an impressive view of the direction in which genre-based applications are likely to take in the coming years.


Genre-based approach Important pedagogical implications Multi-source data Process genre approach The Development of EFL learners' generic competence

Authors and affiliations

  • Liming Deng
    • 1
  • Qiujin Chen
    • 2
  • Yanyan Zhang
    • 3
  1. 1.English Department, College of Foreign Languages & LiteratureWuhan UniveristyWuhanChina
  2. 2.Department of Translation, College of Foreign Languages & LiteratureWuhan UniveristyWuhanChina
  3. 3.English Department, College of Foreign Languages & LiteratureWuhan UniversityWuhanChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-54844-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-54845-1
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