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Title:Impacts of cross-cultural contrastive rhetoric of academic writing in English and academic writing in students' L1s
Author(s):Lin, Zhou
Contributor(s):Prior, Paul A.
Department / Program:Linguistics
Discipline:Teaching of English Sec Lang
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):cross-cultural contrastive rhetoric
English academic writing
academic writing in students' L1s
use of connectives
use of dependent clauses
Abstract:This is a primary study investigating the pedagogical approach of employing cross-cultural contrastive rhetoric (CCCR) comparisons in graduate-level ESL Writing Service Courses at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Two 501-level classes were recruited to participate in this study: one class received CCCR instruction and participated in CCCR discussions, and the other class did not receive CCCR instruction and discussions. The study entailed both quantitative and qualitative investigations: the quantitative investigation involved the grading of the results, the counting of use of dependent clauses and cohesive devices in students’ writing samples; pre- and post-study surveys, questionnaires and interviews. The findings show that students who received CCCR instructions and participated in CCCR discussions demonstrated more active use of connectives and showed increased metacognition about the similarities and differences between English academic writing academic writing in their L1s.
Issue Date:2015-04-23
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 Lin Zhou
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-07-22
Date Deposited:May 2015

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