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ERIC Number: EJ1079122
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2222-1735
Theme and Thematic Progression in English Writing Teaching
Jing, Wei
Journal of Education and Practice, v6 n21 p178-187 2015
Theme and thematic progression (T/TP) is a major aspect of the way that speakers construct their messages in a way which makes them fit smoothly into the unfolding language event. While studies have illustrated the usefulness of observing T/TP to identify English learners' writing difficulties and suggested that T/TP should be included in English writing lessons to help students write more coherently, there has been little more than theoretical advice as to how teachers could apply the theory of T/TP, and very few studies have developed and studied teaching materials informed by T/TP. The present study provides an instructional package in T/TP for Chinese EFL students by examining theories in Systemic Functional Grammar and reviewing relevant literature. The activities in this instructional package are designed to build students' meta-knowledge of coherence and T/TP in order to give students more grammatical resources to improve the coherence of their writing, help them become aware of how information and ideas should flow in a text so that it could be easily understood by the reader. In addition, students would apprehend which T/TP patterns are valued in English writing and have the opportunities to apply this knowledge to improve their writing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China
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