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Songxaba, Sister L.; Sincuba, Limkani – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2019
Background: The Eastern Cape province in South Africa is a multilingual province where isiXhosa is the most widely spoken indigenous language. Learners seldom use English at home, and it remains, largely, the language of learning and teaching used at school. With the advent of dynamic technology, learners are widely exposed to social media, and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Media, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Ramoroka, Boitumelo T. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2017
In recent years, there has been an increased emphasis on the interpersonal function of metadiscourse features in academic texts. This means that research on writing in academic contexts began to focus on the rhetorical features, such as interactional metadiscourse, that writers use to present their voice in writing. These developments in academic…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Undergraduate Students, Computational Linguistics, Interpersonal Communication
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Magogwe,Joel, M.; Nkateng, Unity M. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2017
Writing is a challenging but requisite skill at university and other life situations. At university, essay writing is generally challenging to first-year students across disciplines or faculties. This study therefore describes the writing challenges of the Faculty of Social Sciences students at the University of Botswana. To that end, this study…
Descriptors: Social Sciences, Essays, Writing (Composition), Foreign Countries
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Olivier, Louise; Olivier, Jako – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2016
Writing apprehension relates to a reluctance to write or even fear of writing and little research has been done on this phenomenon in the South African context, especially in terms of compulsory academic literacy and academic linguistic modules. This article aimed at determining the nature of writing apprehension in these two modules in terms of…
Descriptors: Writing Apprehension, College Freshmen, Foreign Countries, Indo European Languages
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Esambe, Emmanuel; Mosito, Cina; Pather, Subethra – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2016
The varying literacy standards that undergraduate students represent are a reflection of their interim grasp of academic literacy (Paxton 2007). The aim of this study is to analyse a small group of undergraduate first-year students' depiction of their interim grasp of academic writing and to reflect on how lecturers use formative feedback to…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Essays, Academic Discourse, Writing Assignments
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Mendelowitz, Belinda – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2016
This study explores how collaborative writing for a digital platform can enable students to (re) imagine audience. Although in the context of process writing peer feedback is foreground, in practice, its effectiveness is uneven. The digital revolution offers new opportunities for alternative peer feedback through collaborative writing and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Collaborative Writing, Creativity, Cooperative Learning
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Ramoroka, Boitumelo T. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2014
The ability to cite sources appropriately is an important feature of academic writing. Academic writers are expected to integrate ideas of others into their texts and take a stance towards the reported material as they develop their arguments. Despite this importance, research has shown that citation presents considerable difficulties for…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Citations (References), Essays, Foreign Countries
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Dornbrack, Jacqui; Dixon, Kerryn – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2014
Advances in technology, changes in communication practices, and the imperatives of the workplace have led to the repositioning of the role of writing in the global context. This has implications for the teaching of writing in schools. This article focuses on the argumentative essay, which is a high-stakes genre. A sample of work from one Grade 10…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Writing Instruction, Persuasive Discourse, Essays