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The genre-based approach to pedagogy focuses on a particular set of school genres. The teachers work with their students through a sequence of five steps in the teaching-and-learning cycle (c.f., Rose & Martin 2012). These steps are:

1. Developing the students' basic understanding of their subject and of the social context in which the genre operates

2. Carefully analysing sample texts as a way of developing the students' comprehension of the communicative purposes that the texts serve, and understanding the language choices used to serve those purposes

3. Constructing texts jointly, with the teachers acting as disciplined language guides

4. Constructing texts individually, with each student demonstrating his or her capability

5. Reviewing the students' texts to provide input for subsequent teaching and learning cycles

Genre-based pedagogy

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