BOOK REVIEW: Conducting Genre Based Research in Applied Linguistics: A Methodological Guide

Document Type : Book Review


Department of Humanities, Farhangiyan University, Urmia, Iran


Conducting Genre‑Based Research in Applied Linguistics: A Methodological Guide edited by Matt Kessler and Charlene Polio is a comprehensive resource on conducting research in applied linguistics involving written genres and is distinctive in its coverage of a multiplicity of interdisciplinary perspectives. The book’s major bonus is its focus on the central approaches, methodologies, analyses, and tools used in conducting genre-based research, extending the traditional focus on a single framework for defining genres by explicating the major approaches that have been invoked in applied linguistics. Chapters address a mix of commonly used methodologies (e.g., case studies, ethnographic approaches), types of analyses (e.g., metadiscourse, rhetorical move-step analysis, multidimensional analysis, lexical bundles and phrase frames, complexity, accuracy, lexis and fluency (CALF) measures, multimodal analysis), and studies that focus on other areas of second language (L2) teaching and learning such as multilingualism.