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Text Analysis 1: Based on Gee’s analytical approach

Length: 2,000 words

For this assignment, you need to choose a written text that is of interest and/or professional relevance to you and, from the readings and Gee’s textbook, seems appropriate for analysis. The text should not be too long (for example, a page of a magazine advertisement, a newspaper article, a letter) and may contain graphics.

In your analysis of the text, you need to use Gee’s ‘building tasks’ and ‘tools of inquiry’. The application of the matrix based on these techniques that was introduced in Week 3 of the course is likely to be useful for this purpose. You are also expected to read more widely than the set text and the readings. Additional references would be particularly applicable to the implications for use of this analytical framework in your practice.

The following headings are recommended in structuring your report:

Introduction: In this section include information about the text—what it is, its source and other relevant information (e.g. the authors). These details should be included in the reference list at the end of the report, but before the appendices. You also need to include a short rationale for the selection of this particular text.
Text analysis: In this section, you need to organise the information from the application of Gee’s techniques into a number of sub-sections that are relevant. For example, if Gee’s notion of identity and Discourses are a key feature of the text, then you will need to highlight these aspects in your analysis. Sub-headings may be a useful way of organising the information.
Implications for practice: In this section you need to indicate how your text and analysis might be used productively in an adult literacy and/or numeracy course.
References: In this section, list all the authors of books, chapters and articles that you cited in your report and the details of the cited publications.
Appendices: In this section, attach:
the original text, if this is possible (as Appendix A);
the completed matrix and the results of the employment of Gee’s other analytical techniques (as Appendix B, C, etc.).


Overall this assessment provides you with an opportunity to continue building on your written communication, analytical and critical evaluation skills.

Criteria & Marking:


A text analysis and report based on Gee’s discourse analytical approach

· Introduction of selected text and rationale for choice of text)

· Evidence of ability to analyse text using Gee’s approach to analysis supported by additional literature)

· Ability to address implications for teaching practice

· Ability to write logically and coherently following a report structure with appropriate use and understanding of technical terms and use of correct grammar, spelling, punctuation and meet set criteria regarding word count.

Required Resources :

Course Study Guide

The Study Guide provides detailed information about the course and the assessment requirements. It is recommended that you read through this Guide as soon as possible after enrolling in the course and then use the various sections to inform your learning and the preparation of your assignments throughout the course.

Textbook 1: Gee, James Paul (2011). An introduction to discourse analysis: Theory and method. (3rd ed.). New
York: Routledge.

This book forms the basis for the Assignment 1 text analysis.

Textbook 2: Eggins, S. (2004). An introduction to systemic functional linguistics (2nd Ed.). New York/London:

This book forms the basis for the Assignment 2 text analysis.

Set Readings

The Readings align with the individual Modules and will complement the textbooks in helping you analyse your texts.

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