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Li, Liang; Franken, Margaret; Wu, Shaoqun – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2019
Lexical bundles, recurrent multiword combinations in a register, are extremely common and important discourse building blocks in academic writing. An increasing number of studies have investigated lexical bundles in academic writing in recent years, but few studies have explored L2 learners' interpretations of their own bundle production,…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Masters Programs, Doctoral Programs, Phrase Structure
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Vitta, Joseph P.; Jost, Dayna; Pusina, Alexis – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2019
Within English for Academic Purposes (EAP), writing instruction has often been of primary interest with a focus on curricula design and implementation. This especially holds true in East Asia where many universities operate EAP writing programmes. This study is located within this region, taking an inquiry stance in a small-scale case study of…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Case Studies, English for Academic Purposes, Second Language Learning
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Shi, Leimin; Baker, Amanda; Chen, Honglin – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2019
Developing students' communicative competence became the primary goal of the current College English Curriculum Requirements in 2004 in China. There has been increasing concern, however, that this goal has yet to be realized, particularly in relation to the teaching of writing. This study investigated the potential of a Systemic Functional…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Communicative Competence (Languages)
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Cheung, Yin Ling; Low, Tze Hui – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2019
This article examines how writer's voice is constructed in argumentative essays written at the pre-university level. The study focusses on the student writers' control over evaluative resources that influence the realization of voice in the high-scoring and low-scoring scripts. Using the APPRAISAL system in Systemic Functional Linguistics, the…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Essays, Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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Yeo, Marie – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2018
Icy Lee is Professor in the Faculty of Education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she is currently serving as Chairperson of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her main research interests are in the areas of second language writing and second language teacher education. Icy is best known for her research on feedback in L2…
Descriptors: Error Correction, Best Practices, Faculty Publishing, College Faculty
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Smirnova, Elizaveta A. – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2017
This article describes the gathered experience in using corpora in an IELTS preparation course. The practice demonstrates an attempt to reduce negative washback effects occurring when preparation courses just concentrate on the test format neglecting the importance of development of learners' language skills and general study skills. Some…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Computational Linguistics
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Song, Geraldine; Hoon, Lee Hwee; Alvin, Leong Ping – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2017
Much research work on teacher feedback has concentrated on the perceptions of students and teachers on feedback, but few studies have addressed the extent to which students respond to their teachers' written feedback, particularly at the tertiary level. This study analysed the extent to which students made appropriate revisions based on the…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Feedback (Response), Higher Education, Teacher Student Relationship
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Wang, Xiaohong; Shen, Lei; Lu, Xiao – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2016
Writing is one of the most challenging skills for many EFL learners to master. It is also considered to be the most difficult to teach. To motivate students to write more without burdening teachers with additional rating work, college English teachers at a university in China introduced a journal project. Peer learners were paired anonymously and…
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, Student Motivation, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Lam, Ricky – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2015
In the L2 writing literature, there has been a rich history of scholarship in theory, research and practice since the 1960s. Two of the most prominent L2 writing approaches are process and portfolio pedagogy. The former approach promotes the use of diverse writing strategies (e.g. pre-writing) to enhance student writers' expression and fluency.…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Writing Instruction, Advocacy
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Loder Buechel, Laura – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2015
Elementary school English language teachers in Swiss public schools often question the role of writing in early years language instruction because there is a significant disparity in messages they receive from Board of Education members, from fellow teachers and from teacher trainers. This study describes the issues concerning writing in the first…
Descriptors: Writing Skills, Elementary School Students, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Ruegg, Rachael – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2015
This study aimed to determine differences in the uptake of peer and teacher feedback after writing students received longitudinal feedback from only one of these sources. It also investigates the types of feedback given by peers and a teacher in order to explain those any differences. Data was collected from 64 Japanese university students in four…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Teacher Student Relationship, Peer Relationship, Writing Instruction
Richards, Jack C.; Reppen, Randi – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2014
Grammar can be viewed both as knowledge and as ability. When viewed as knowledge, the focus is on rules for sentence formation. When viewed as ability, the focus is on how grammar is used as a resource in the creation of spoken and written texts. Twelve principles are proposed as the basis for a pedagogy that focusses on acquiring learning to use…
Descriptors: Grammar, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods
McKinley, Jim – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2013
This article provides an examination of the literature on issues surrounding the problems Japanese university students face in learning critical argument in their English academic writing courses. Japanese students' critical thinking skills are criticized as not fostered in their university education, perhaps due to Confucian education ideals,…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Academic Discourse
Coxhead, Averil – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2012
This article focuses on vocabulary and writing at university level from the perspectives of 14 English as an additional language students studying at a New Zealand university. The students individually carried out an integrated reading and writing task and then participated in an interview which focused on their language learning background and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Data Analysis, English for Academic Purposes, English (Second Language)
Kathpalia, Sujata S.; Carmel, Heah Lee Hah – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2011
In language teaching, emphasis is usually placed on grammatical competence rather than metaphorical competence to improve a learner's proficiency in the target language. Research has shown that figurative language poses a problem for second language learners whether it is in their ability to interpret, process, or produce metaphors. This affects…
Descriptors: Grammar, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Writing (Composition)
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