ERIC Number: ED222084
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
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Cohesive Characteristics of Sample Texts Produced by Secondary Bilingual Students.
Sunday, Betty R.
The Halliday and Hasan (1976) method of categorizing semantic units was used to analyze the cohesive strategies used by secondary students learning English as a second language. The method involves classifying and charting the network of semantic relationships, the types of cohesive devices, and the number of breaks in the flow of a text or discourse. The major types of cohesive devices include reference, substitution, ellipsis, conjunction, and lexical items. Samples of text and discourse from ninth graders and the application of the method to these texts are provided. Analysis of student texts yields information on students' ability to produce explanations in terms of number of cohesive relations, distances between cohesive items, deviant cohesive forms, and problem areas. Although this method is too time consuming to be used as a classroom tool, it can provide researchers with information on both errors and mastery of cohesive devices. (RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Ohio TESOL-Association for Bilingual/Multicultural Education. (Dayton, OH, October 15-16, 1982).