Textual Development in university students' writing

FK Pun, Jonathan J. Webster

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This presentation will focus on investigating textuality in English language
writing produced by second language learners studying at the tertiary level. In particular, we will focus on how textuality is continued.
There is already substantial literature addressing textural features in writing, especially in term of thematic choices in academic settings (for examples in Berry 1995, Luo 2006, Martin 1995, North 2005, and Whittaker, 1995).
The City University of Hong Kong is conducting an English enhancement project called the Language Companion Course (LCC) project. It provides a web-based platform allowing online language specialist coaches interact with students on designated written assignments. Before finally submitting their essay to the subject teacher, each student will have worked through two prior drafts with their online language specialist coach. Student’s written work and the comments from the online language specialist coaches are stored electronically, providing a rich resource for linguistic analysis.
In this study, we focus on the development of textuality over students’ successive drafts of students’ written assignments.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventThe 36th ISFC Conference - Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Duration: 14 Jul 200918 Jul 2009


ConferenceThe 36th ISFC Conference


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