new book: "En carrera"

Federico Navarro federicodanielnavarro at
Fri Jul 20 15:33:38 UTC 2012

*Natale, L. (Ed.). (2012). "En carrera: escritura y lectura de textos 
académicos y profesionales". Los Polvorines, Buenos Aires: Universidad 
Nacional de General Sarmiento.*

This book offers a critical description of higher education genres that 
are relevant for academically and professionally-oriented degrees: 
academic review, essay, state of the art, case study, product 
evaluation, procedures manual, and social intervention project. The book 
also guides readers on how to understand and quote complex texts. This 
book can be useful for professionals, university students, and 
professors who are interested in including discipline-specific writing 
skills in their courses.

The book's chapters are pedagogically-oriented: they explore the context 
of circulation, the goals, and the structure of each genre; they suggest 
strategies for text planning, elaboration and revision; and they include 
real, commented examples and exercises based on experts' and students' 
samples. However, the most fascinating feature of this book is its 
elaboration: each chapter was written collaboratively by a writing 
professor and a lecturer of the specific subject matter the genre 
belongs to. Therefore, readers can gain access to a comprehensive 
account that articulates the insights of the experienced scholar and the 
analysis of the language expert.

This rhetorical, functional, and disciplinary-situated perspective is 
the basis behind the Program to Develop Academic Literacy across the 
Curriculum (PRODEAC), installed in the Degree Cycle of all the degrees 
at the Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento (Buenos Aires 
Argentina) since 2005. The book's authors take advantage of their 
extended participation in this program to anticipate typical 
difficulties and systematize this essential resource for advanced 
literacy teaching.

Download the book's Contents and Preface (in Spanish) or find out how to 
obtain the book at the PRODEAC web page ( A 
recent article (in English) that describes the PRODEAC can be downloaded 
from the WAC Clearinghouse (

Federico Navarro

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