Textual and language features of students’ written discussion texts

Ting, Su Hie and Chai, A.S (2013) Textual and language features of students’ written discussion texts. Issues in Language Studies, 2 (2). pp. 67-81. ISSN 2180-2726

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Abstract

The study examined whether it was more difficult for students to use the macro-organisational structure or the language features of discussion after genre-based instruction. Data were collected from 100 students enrolled in an English for Academic Purposes EAP! course at a "alaysian uni#ersity. They wrote an ad#antages-disad#antages essay which was analysed using $ee%&s 1''(! framewor). The results showed that about half of the students were unable to state the issue clearly at the beginning and assess the issue to conclude the discussion. $or the arguments* the topic sentences and supporting details were satisfactory. The arguments were signposted with se+uential* additi#e and ad#ersati#e connectors* and causal connectors were important for de#eloping the arguments. "odality was con#eyed mainly through ,can and ,we but the potential of conditional clauses to mo#e arguments forward was not realised. The findings indicate that structure deser#es more attention than language features in EAP courses.

Item Type: E-Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: English for Academic Purposes, discussion, argumentative, exposition, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Centre for Language Studies (rebranded to FLSCS in 2015)
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2015 01:59
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2015 01:59
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/8592

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