Seminar Series for Research Capability Enhancement
for the Self-financing Degree Sector of Hong Kong

Professional Communication Skills for Research Publication (Creating and Managing Research Space)

[Poster] [Powerpoint]
Time & date:
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, 20 May 2015, Wednesday
B0614, 6/F, Block B, The Open University of Hong Kong, Homantin, Kowloon [Map]
Professor Vijay Bhatia, President, Asia-Pacific LSP and Professional Communication Association
Abstract: With the recent emphasis on research and publication in higher education, professional communication skills are seen as key contributors to academic performance in disciplinary and interdisciplinary research. Drawing on recent research on the analysis of journal articles in various disciplines (Bhatia, 1993, 2004, 2010; Swales, 1990, 2004), Prof. Bhatia will identify and discuss the role of rhetorical structuring and a number of other academic skills and strategies for successful performance in disciplinary and interdisciplinary research publication.

Bhatia, Vijay K., (1993): Analysing Genre: Language use in Professional Settings, London: Longman.
Bhatia, Vijay K., (2004): Worlds of Written Discourse: A Genre-Based View, London: Continuum.
Bhatia, Vijay K., (2010): ‘Interdiscursivity in Professional Communication’, Discourse and Communication, 21/1, (32-50).
Swales, John M., (1990): Genre Analysis: English in Academic and Research Settings, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Swales, John M., (2004): Research genres: Explorations and applications. New York: Cambridge University Press.
About the
Prof. Vijay Bhatia is the founding President of the LSP and Professional Communication Association for Asia-Pacific. He retired as Professor from the Department of English, City University of Hong Kong. His recent research projects include Analyzing Genre-bending in Corporate Disclosure Documents, and International Arbitration Practice: A Discourse Analytical Study, in which he led research teams from more than 20 countries. His research interests include Critical Genre Theory, academic and professional communication in legal, business, newspaper, and promotional and other disciplinary contexts; ESP and Professional Communication; intercultural and cross-disciplinary variations in academic and professional genres. Two of his books, Analysing Genre: Language Use in Professional Settings and Worlds of Written Discourse: A Genre-based View, are widely used in genre studies and professional communication. His third book on Critical Genre Theory will be published by Routledge in 2016.
Enquiries: Hoyee Auyeung (The Open University of Hong Kong)
Tel: 2768 6051
Co-organized by: The Open University of Hong Kong
Centennial College
Caritas Institute of Higher Education
This seminar was fully supported by a grant from the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (UGC/IIDS16/H01/14).

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