Genre Analysis of Movie Review Essay

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1. Introduction
In recent years, movie class plays a more and more important role in English teaching in China. Most teachers require students to write movie reviews after watching the movie. However, how to write movie review is still remain unclear to students. Some student download a review from the internet, and some write a summary of the movie instead.
Genre analysis is a system of analysis by which observations are made on the repeated communicative functions found in genres and on the linguistic features of these functions (Brett, 1994). Genre knowledge played an important role in helping novices understand how to produce academics, professional or educational discourse. Genre study can help to improve Chinese students’ movie
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Move is a unit that relates both to the writer’s purpose and to the content that he or she wishes to communicate. A step is a lower text unit than the move which provides a detailed perspective on the options open to the writer in setting out the moves in the introduction. This model has a major influence on research and the teaching of writing in ESP. According to Dudley Evans (1998), from a pedagogical point of view, it is possible to convert the analysis very readily into teaching material that provides a way into both the organization of writing and the relevant language forms. Hyland (2004) also discusses the importance of genre approaches to teaching L2 writing by emphasizing the role of language in written communication.

3. Methodology
3.1 The corpus: data collection
The movie review is about the movie The King’s Speech. We choose this movie is because unlike some commercial movies, this movie is a serious historical drama film but also humorous. It was directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler. Colin Firth plays King George VI who, to cope with a stammer, sees Lionel Logue, an Australian speech therapist played by Geoffrey Rush. The men become friends as they work together, and after his brother abdicates the throne, the new King relies on Logue to help him make his first wartime radio broadcast on Britain's declaration of war on Germany in 1939.
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