ERIC Number: EJ1082752
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
The Use of Cohesive Devices in News Language: Overuse, Underuse or Misuse?
RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, v46 n3 p309-326 Dec 2015
Many studies have found EFL/ESL learners over/under/misuse linking adverbials. Because their use is specific to genre and register (Biber et al., 1999), and news writing is a compulsory course for EFL journalism majors at many Chinese universities, this study investigates their usage patterns in news and suggests teaching material design for the ESP classroom. By qualitatively coding data from the Wellington Corpora of Spoken and Written New Zealand English and analyzing the results statistically, this study gives a detailed account of the usage patterns of the form, meaning and position of linking adverbials in news, which informs ESP English syllabus and teaching materials design. Suggestions for journalism teachers, as well as students and learners of English for general purposes in an EFL context, were made. An example of teaching materials design based on the corpus findings is also given.
Descriptors: Language Usage, Connected Discourse, Discourse Analysis, News Reporting, English for Special Purposes, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Computational Linguistics, Language Variation, Course Descriptions, Foreign Countries, Form Classes (Languages), Journalism, Journalism Education, Instructional Materials, Asians, Statistical Analysis, Coding, Material Development, Language Patterns, Grammar, Majors (Students), College Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: China; New Zealand