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Yong Mei Fung – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2010
As part of a research study on collaborative writing, this paper discusses defining and facilitating features that occur during face-to-face collaboration, based on the literature and research. The defining features are mutual interaction, negotiations, conflict, and shared expertise. Facilitating features include affective factors, use of L1,…
Descriptors: Conflict, Collaborative Writing, Language Usage, Language Acquisition
Jalilifar, Alireza – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2010
This study made frequency and functional analysis of thematization in English students' compositions in Shahid Chamran University. Ninety students were selected and divided into three groups, followed by a homogeneity test (Fowler and Coe, 1976). An educated native speaker was also used as a criterion measure. Then, they were asked to narrate…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Native Speakers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
Ho, Debbie Guan Eng – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2009
The Systemic Textual Analysis (STA) is a text-based approach to teaching writing based on a combination of the genre-based theory and systemic functional linguistics. Central to this approach is the teacher-learner collaborative analysis of various text types in terms of structure and texture through the use of genre analysis and systemic…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
Mok, Jane – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2009
In 1999 a critical thinking syllabus was issued by the education authority to all junior secondary school English language teachers in Hong Kong. Different from the earlier curriculum guidelines, the syllabus highlights the importance of thinking in English language teaching and learning, and developing students' critical thinking through the…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Observation, Guidelines, Foreign Countries
Yeh, Chun-Chun – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2009
Undergraduate research paper has long been a tradition in US freshman composition programs, although whether the research paper should or can be taught in the English department continues to be debated. In many of the English departments in Taiwan, students are also required to compose a research paper for their composition class. However, there…
Descriptors: Research Papers (Students), Freshman Composition, Research Projects, Writing Processes
Cullip, Peter F. – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2009
This case study analyses two written texts produced by an ESL learner either side of a five-week genre-based teaching intervention. The second text was judged to be of a much higher quality by two independent markers in a previous study. The question arising is: what exactly has improved? The analytical tools of systemic functional linguistics are…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Writing (Composition), Case Studies, English (Second Language)
Kathpalia, Sujata S.; Heah, Carmel – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2008
Educationists and writing practitioners consider reflection to be a defining feature of student portfolios (Fink 2003; Zubizarreta 2004; Jones and Shelton 2006). A writing portfolio without reflection is merely a collection of written work which does not contribute to "real" learning. Reflection in the portfolio approach happens when…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Learning Experience, Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods
Hu, Guangwei – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2007
Academic writing competence comprises attitudes, knowledge, skills, and strategies that enable one to produce writing in accordance with the expectations of the academic discourse community. This paper introduces an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) writing course developed to help students from China acquire an adequate level of academic…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Academic Discourse, Curriculum Development, Discourse Communities
Mei, Wu Siew – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2006
It is often the case that undergraduates writing essays to fulfil course requirements have an academic audience (i.e. lecturer/s marking the essay) as their target readers. These texts may represent a form of academic writing by novice writers in the process of learning academic discourse and conventions. Though these texts may not be comparable…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Undergraduate Students, Essays, Learning Processes
Chandrasegaran, Antonia; Ellis, Mary; Poedjosoedarmo, Gloria – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2005
School- and university-based writing tasks make demands on cognitive processing and socio-cultural knowledge that vary with the discipline in which the writing is situated. The variation in socio-cognitive demands makes the use of self-accessed, computer-mediated writing instruction more promising than conventional, teacher-fronted instruction. To…
Descriptors: Writing Processes, Computer Software, Writing Skills, Writing Instruction
Baker, William; Boonkit, Kamonpan – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2004
Presently, the importance of culture and context is becoming a significant feature of research in the field of learning strategies. To date, there has been little research into learning strategies utilized for reading and writing in Asian EAP (English for Academic Purposes) contexts, and in particular in the Thai context. With this in mind, this…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Learning Strategies, Thai, English for Academic Purposes
Jacobs, George – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research in Southeast Asia, 1989
A study of miscorrection in group writing activities among 18 third-year English majors in a Thailand university is consistent with studies of miscorrection in spoken activities. The relatively small amount of miscorrection found suggests that peer feedback can play a role in the development of writing ability. (22 references) (LB)
Descriptors: English, Error Correction, Feedback, Foreign Countries
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