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ERIC Number: ED431317
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Japanese Rhetorical Transfer in Freshman Comp.
O'Riordan, Mary
A classroom study investigated the extent of rhetorical transfer in the writing of four Japanese students in a college-level sheltered English-as-a-Second-Language course. Most of the writing assignments from the first 10 weeks of class were analyzed for the number of sentences and clauses in each paragraph (other than introductory, concluding, and very short) were counted and the paragraphs analyzed for patterns of development. Results revealed that inductive development was the norm, with 41 of 63 paragraphs beginning with supporting sentences and ending in a topic sentence. Of the three patterns of development (direct, pivoting, suspended) specified in the course textbook, the direct pattern was least common, the suspended pattern most common. The findings explained to the teacher some of the differences in the writing of Japanese students. Contains 30 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A