ERIC Number: ED389219
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
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Why "Often" Isn't "Always."
A study investigated the frequent choice of the term "always" instead of the more appropriate term "often" in the essay writing of native Chinese-speaking learners of English as a Second Language (ESL), focusing on how problematic usage of "always" can adversely affect perceptions of the student's competence in undertaking an academic discussion. Successful diagnoses of the problem and useful treatments are then sought in grammar textbooks. The apparent persistence of the problem among Hong Kong undergraduate students is then related to choices available in Cantonese and to linguistic analyses of the descriptive facts and communicative options in English. A small sample of concordance data is examined to suggest how the practice of ESL student writers at the University of Hong Kong compares with the usage of other writers in locally published academic writing. Classroom techniques for teaching alternative lexico-grammatical possibilities and their implications are discussed. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Chinese People; Hong Kong
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the Institute of Language in Education (Hong Kong, December 1994).