Joint Construction in the SLATE project


  • Shoshana Dreyfus University of Sydney
  • Lucy Macnaught University of Technology



genre pedagogy, Joint Construction, academic writing, online learning, IRF sequence


This paper concerns pedagogical approaches to literacy implemented in the Scaffolding Literacy in Academic and Tertiary Education (SLATE) project. In particular, this paper focuses on the Joint Construction step of the Teaching Learning Cycle (Rothery & Stenglin 1994; Martin this volume). Through whole-text genre analysis (Martin & Rose 2008), we will describe how the step of Joint Construction was adapted to an online learning context, in order to support the writing development of undergraduate applied linguistics students at the City University of Hong Kong. Our findings highlight that during online Joint Construction lessons, students were given explicit feedback and encouraged to seek clarification, raise queries, recast original contributions and respond to each other’s suggestions. These findings contribute to our understanding of interaction that targets the shared negotiation of meaning, and addresses the on-going challenge of developing pedagogic exchanges which offer explicit and effective support to students’ writing development.

Author Biographies

Shoshana Dreyfus, University of Sydney

Shoshana Dreyfus is an applied linguist who works as a teacher and researcher using systemic functional linguistic theory in a number of areas including language disorder (non-verbal communication), academic literacy, (critical) discourse analysis and affect research.

Lucy Macnaught, University of Technology

Lucy Macnaught is an educational linguist and teacher in English as a Second Language. She is completing a PhD in classroom discourse analysis at the University of Technology. In her own research and various projects at the University of Sydney, she has been working on applications of genre-based writing pedagogy in secondary, pre-tertiary and tertiary language learning contexts.


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How to Cite

Dreyfus, S., & Macnaught, L. (2013). Joint Construction in the SLATE project. Linguistics and the Human Sciences, 7(1-3), 77–99.




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