Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number4   September 2021                               Pp. 243-258

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Exploring Students’ Perceptions and Attitudes towards Genre-based Pedagogy
Developed in Persuasive Writing Teaching: The Systemic Functional Linguistics

Department of English, School of Human Science
Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand


Received:  9/15/2021              Accepted:  10/4/2021              Published:  12/15/2021


Previous studies in genre-based pedagogy mainly concerned with its teaching effects, few studies involved with students’ perceptions and attitudes which is actually playing a role in teaching and learning activities. The present study intends to make some explorations in this aspect. A quasi-experimental study to designed to answer the research question “What are students’ perceptions and attitudes towards the genre-based pedagogy developed in Chinese university students’ persuasive writings?” Thirty-four students participated in the study and a four-point Likert scale questionnaire and an interview were applied to collect the data. After the quantitative and qualitative analysis, the study find that most participants hold positive attitudes towards every item of the questionnaire and think highly of the genre-based teaching pedagogy from the following six aspects: the mastery of textual features, the genre-awareness of persuasion, confidence in writing an effective persuasion, attitudes towards group writing in the teaching instruction, interests in the application of the curriculum cycle to other genres and other program instruction related comments such as being difficult to master certain required language features and following the teaching patterns involved in the textual construction of persuasion. However, the general indication is that the curriculum cycle can help and enhance students’ understandings of each of the textual features of persuasion. Finally, the study provides implications for future teaching: the genre-based approach could be effectively and widely applied in Chinese university students’ genre writing as the apprenticeship involved allows the students to be more creative as their writing skills develop.
Keywords: attitudes, genre-based pedagogy, perceptions, persuasive writing, systemic functional linguistics

Cited as Feng, C. (2021). Exploring Students’ Perceptions and Attitudes towards Genre-based Pedagogy Developed in Persuasive Writing Teaching: The Systemic Functional Linguistics Perspective. Arab World English Journal, 12 (4). 243-58.


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Received: 9/15/2021  
Accepted:  10/4/2021   
Published: 12/15/2021

Feng Chen is an English Teacher at Zhejiang Ocean University, China. She is interested in second language teaching and learning, and is currently doing Ph.D. ELT in the English Department, School of Human Sciences, Assumption University, Thailand. Email: