The lecture is one of the most common forms of instruction in universities throughout the world being used as a form of studies, with the aim of conveying knowledge to a large number of students. The article looks at the nature of the academic lecture genre, its specific characteristics in comparison to other types of written or spoken modes of different genres. It introduces key theories of Genre Schools, such as New Rhetoric Studies, Systemic Functional Linguistics and English for Specific Purposes, explores the peculiarities of the university lecture as a separate genre, looks at its structure and studies the characteristic features.
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