Miguel Ángel Vela Tafalla

Miguel Ángel Vela Tafalla
University of Zaragoza | UNIZAR · Department of English and German



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I am interested in the analysis of academic spoken genres for research communication purposes, especially in digital environments. In my PhD, I specifically looked at genres as tools in the dissemination of scientific knowledge and my research seeks to describe phonological features of international scientific English and the role of intonation in such contexts. Connected research interests are English phonetics and pronunciation teaching, corpus linguistics, and computer science.


Publications (3)
We draw on ethnomethodological procedures to explore the development of academic literacy in English among Spanish doctoral students. With the aim of informing instructional intervention, we sought to understand their writing processes as determinants of literacy development. The population under study came from an in-sessional Academic English cou...
Ignacio Guillén Galve Miguel A. Vela-Tafalla University of Zaragoza, Spain ABSTRACT The digital multimedia environment where research communication develops nowadays has important consequences for EAP course design (Pérez-Llantada 2016), since speaking and visuals are ever more decisive for communicative success (Crawford-Camiciottoli and Fortane...
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One acknowledged challenge of teaching is the act of combining all elements needed and their alignment in a consistent project. This paper presents a unit plan for English in Secondary Education which conjoins some of the most relevant theoretical aspects in foreign language and general didactics (Communicative Language Teaching, Cooperative Learni...



Projects (4)
Web 2.0 has brought about dramatic changes in the transmission and dissemination of science, facilitating the communication between scientists and also with non-specialized audiences. Digital affordances facilitate the emergence of hybrid genres and the combination of genres to form complex generic assemblages (genre sets, genre systems and genre ecologies) to communicate science to diversified audiences. In this context, this project seeks to respond to the problematization of the traditional concept of genre and explore the use of genre repertoires to communicate science openly on the Internet. Our purpose is to identify the intertextual relationships in the new combinations of genres afforded by the digital environments, paying special attention to processes of generic innovation through the use of multimodal elements, and processes of generic hybridization, and appropriation of non-scientific discourses. You can visit our website for more information: http://genci.unizar.es/
Archived project
Aiming at a better understanding of research writing and academic literacy development in different L1 contexts, this conference will host international contributors working in the fields of genre analysis, Languages for Academic Purposes, literacy studies and rhetoric and composition. Topics that will be discussed include: Qualitative inquiry methods in ethnographic research Use of mixed-methods in ethnographic research Qualitative methods for situated learning of scholarly writing Ethnographic approaches to bi-/multiliterate research communication Needs analysis methods and research writing Ethnographic studies in support of EAP instruction at a graduate level Ethnographic enquiry into advanced scholarly writing literacies Ethnographies for the study of academic and digital skills literacy Ethnographic approaches to scholarly publishing issues Ethnographic studies on the impact of language policy Check the abstracts of our six fabulous plenary speakers https://genresandlanguages.org/en/conference-plenary-speakers More soon on the fabulous conference programme
This is a project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and by the European Social Fund (EU) (FFI2015-68638-R MINECO/FEDER, UE). The aim of the project is to understand genre-mediated activity in academic and research settings and identify the repertoires of genres that scholars use to communicate locally, transnationally and internationally. It is also our aim to understand ecologies of genres in relation to linguistic ecologies. To do so, we draw on the theoretical perspectives of genre analysis, rhetoric and composition, social linguistics and academic literacies (Bazerman & Prior, 2004; Berkenkotter & Huckin, 1995; Gee, 2012; Johns, 1999). We have designed some prototypes of analytical tools to identify the roles that genres and academic languages (English and other languages) in contemporary academia. We want to understand current and changing social interaction practices contextually and determine the parameters that make genres and languages ecologies evolve across academic and research communities of practice.