SFL genre pedagogy has been successfully used from pre-school to university levels for both native speakers and L2 learners of English. It is characterized by (a) basing units on the genres of writing, (b) connecting writing with disciplines, (c) teaching language for its function, and (d) using an apprentice approach to learning where students analyze text with the teacher and jointly construct new texts before attempting writing on their own. Teachers become experts in theory and practice rather than follow a prescriptive curriculum. The presentation will illustrate the features of this approach through a selected genre.
Maria Estela Brisk is a Professor Emeritus of the Lynch School of Education, Boston College. She received her Ph. D. in linguistics and bilingual education at the University of New Mexico in 1972. Her research and teacher-training interests include elementary students’ writing development, bilingual education, bilingual language, and literacy acquisition, methods of teaching literacy, and preparation of mainstream teachers to work with bilingual learners. Dr. Brisk has served as a consultant in legal matters about bilingual education and has worked closely with regional and local groups and school systems in developing their bilingual programs and mainstream programs that serve bilingual learners. She is the author of numerous articles and the books: Bilingual Education: From Compensatory to Quality Schooling, Literacy and Bilingualism: A Handbook for ALL Teachers, Situational Context of Education: A Window into the World of Bilingual Learners, Language Development and Education: Children With Varying Language Experiences (with P. Menyuk), Language, culture, and community in teacher education, Engaging Students in Academic Literacies: Genre-based Pedagogy for K-5 Classrooms, and Language in writing instruction: Enhancing literacy in grades 3-8. She has received numerous awards, including AERA, Scholars of Color Distinguished Career Contribution Award (AERA 2020), and AERA, Bilingual Research SIG, Lifetime achievement award (AERA 2016). Professor Brisk, a native of Argentina, is a fluent speaker of Spanish.