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MODL5050 Writing for Professional Purposes Reading List

Writing for Professional Purposes, 2021/22, Semester 2
Dr Corinne Painter
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue


Writing for Professional Purposes

Reading list

The readings below reflect the nature of MODL5050, providing practical skills development for a range of types of writing supported and enhanced by theoretical (linguistic and cultural) analysis appropriate to a master’s-level university course.

Bax, S. 2011. Discourse and genre : analysing language in context. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.   

Useful background reading on discourse.

Chapter 8 analyses news reports (PDF copy available on Minerva).

Bhatia, V. 2004. Worlds of written discourse. London and New York: Continuum. 

Chapters 3 & 4 analyse promotional and reporting genres.

Biber, D., U. Connor, T.A. Upton. 2007. Discourse on the Move. Using corpus analysis to describe discourse structure. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins. (Chapter 3 and 5 - philanthropic fundraising)

Bloor, T. & M. Bloor. 2013. The Functional Analysis of English. Third Edition. Abingdon: Routledge.

Chapter 4: Information structure and thematic structure

Chapter 5: Grammar and text

Chapter 11: Applications of functional analysis

Gee, J. P. & M. Handford. 2012. The Routledge Handbook of Discourse Analysis.Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Chapter 14 Register and discourse analysis

Chapter 17 Professional written genres

Gutmann, J. 2013. Taking minutes of meetings. 3rd edition . London, Philadelphia and New Delhi: Kogan Page Limited.

A useful guide to the complete process of meetings administration.

Jacobs, G. 1999. Preformulating the news : an analysis of the metapragmatics of press releases Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

In-depth academic/linguistic account of the press release genre.

Chapters 3, 4 & 5 recommended if you have a particular interest in this area of writing.

Lassen, I. 2004. “Ideological Resources in Biotechnology Press Releases: Patterns of Theme/Rheme and Given/New”. In: Young, L & Harrison, C. eds. Systemic functional linguistics and critical discourse analysis : studies in social change London: Continuum, pp.264-279.

Analysis of how information structure and sentence structure can be used to manipulate meanings and readers’ responses. Relevant to language use in all contexts.

Marsen, S. 2013. Professional Writing. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

A useful starting point for a number of the topics covered on MODL5050, but its wide scope means that the coverage is limited/superficial.

Copies of selected extracts on press releases and writing for websites and social media will be provided.

Myers, G. 2010. Discourse of blogs and wikis.London: Continuum.

Vergaro, C. 2004. “Discourse strategies of Italian and English and sales promotion letters.” English for specific purposes. 23(2), pp.181-207.

Analysis of content, organization and style in sales letters from an intercultural perspective.


Yeung, L. 2007. “In search of commonalities: Some linguistic and rhetorical features of business reports as a genre”. English for Specific Purposes . 26(2) pp.156-179.

A study of authentic business reports in comparison with academic research reports (which are often erroneously used as the basis for teaching the former).


This list was last updated on 23/11/2021