Secondary discourse in first-year university texts: the role and function of scientific definitions and their implications for teaching English for academic purposes
IN RECENT YEARS a number of studies devoted to introductory textbooks used in universities have appeared. Swales (1995: 2-3) provides a convenient list of these: Studies of textbook discourse have so far been largely restricted to introductory texts in standard undergraduate fields such as physics (Kuhn 1970), genetics (Myers 1992), geology (Love 1991, 1992), and economics (Henderson & Hewings 1990; McCloskey 1985; Tadros 1985). The present study seeks to add introductory biology textbooks...[Show more]
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