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Dr Ian Bruce

B.A.Cant; M.A.(Applied), Ph.D. Waikato; Dip.SLT Massey; Dip.T Christchurch; KDS Munich; CTEFLA RSA/Cambridge

Graduate Student Adviser (Applied Linguistics), Senior Lecturer


School of Arts



Discourse analysis and in particular text and genre studies; academic writing and curriculum design; English for Academic Purposes (EAP); teacher training and pedagogy.

Research Interests

My area of research interest is the application of genre theory to investigations of non-fictional texts and their related discourses. I have undertaken studies of academic, business and journalistic genres. My research of academic genres has the purpose of informing language curriculum development and the teaching of academic writing, and specifically research writing, to students for whom English is an additional language.The theoretical basis that I propose for analysing and teaching academic genres are outlined in my book publications (2008 & 2011) and the related research studies - books at Ian Bruce, Amazon author page and citations here.

Recent Publications

  • Bruce, I. (2014) Use of 'cognitive genres' as textual norms in academic English prose: University essays in English literature and sociology
    Conference - Oral Presentation - Annual Meeting of the Swiss Association for Applied Linguistics: Language Norms in Context
  • Bruce, I. (2013) Critical thinking in research writing: A transferable inter-disciplinary skill or an integral element of disciplinarity and subject specific genre knowledge
    Conference - Oral Presentation - 2013 Biennial BALEAP Conference
  • Bruce, I. (2013) A role for genre-based pedagogy in academic writing instruction?: an EAP perspective
    Refereed Journal Articles - TEXT: Special Issue: Scores from another ground: Writing in New Zealand
  • Bruce, I. (2013) The centrality of genre in EAP instruction
    Conference - Proceedings - Proceedings of the 2011 BALEAP Conference: EAP Within the Higher Education Garden: Cross-Pollination

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Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Bruce, Dr Ian 6375 ibruce I.3.09 Linguistics/Applied Linguistics/ESLA

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