Article published in:Australian Applied Language Studies
Edited by Tim F. McNamara
[Australian Review of Applied Linguistics 10:2] 1987
► pp. 182–198
The morning news genre
Using a functional grammar to illuminate educational issues
This paper aims to demonstrate how Halliday’s Functional Grammar (1985) may be used to illuminate educational questions, more specifically to illuminate the study of classroom discourse. Portion of a text from the lower primary school is examined. It is in fact drawn from a Morning News learning activity. It is argued that we can identify a “curriculum genre” in such a text, and that this has certain characteristic elements, giving it a particular schematic structure. These elements are identified, and two aspects of the functional grammar – namely, Theme and transitivity – are used with a view to proving the presence of the schematic structure. Through the examination, it is argued that the meanings children are constrained to make in the Morning News situation are of a limited kind, revealing a great deal about the limitations of much early childhood education.
Published online: 01 January 1987
(1985) Curriculum genres: towards a description of the construction of knowledge in schools. A paper given at the Working Conference on Interaction of Spoken and Written Language in Educational Settings, held at the University of New England, Armidale, 11–15 November, 1985.
in press) Language development in education. In R. Hasan and J. R. Martin eds. Language development; learning language, learning culture Ablex New Jersey
Halliday, M. A. K. and R. Hasan
Martin, J. R.
Martin, J. R. and J. Rothery
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