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Title: The analysis of scientific report writing by Arabic speaking L2 writers : some aspects of a systemic functional approach, with proposals for an interactive approach to course design
Author: Elnasser, Amal
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1996
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This thesis covers three main areas. The first part deals with the nature and depth of various research methods used in exploring ways of learning, assessing and teaching writing in English, and particularly the writing of English as a foreign language (EFL). The second part of this thesis argues for and demonstrates the usefulness of applying approaches derived from systematic functional linguistics to the teaching and assessment of scientific reports written in English by students studying science, medicine, engineering, and for whom English is a foreign language. This is done through the presentation of practical analyses of the recurrent problematic areas shown in the writing of Arab students, and especially students at the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) (from whose work data has been drawn). These problems cover especially the areas of reference, conjunctions, collocation, Theme/Rheme and sentence relations. Possible reformulations of problematic texts are regularly suggested as part of the analysis. The third part of this thesis presents a description of a course design for the teaching of writing scientific research, supported by examples and various possible methodologies that can offer some help for both learners and teachers of English. The thesis concludes with a summary and suggestions for further research that can be carried forward in further investigations of the teaching of research writing to Arabic-speaking students.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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