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ERIC Number: EJ783156
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 25
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0889-4906
Genre Analysis of Personal Statements: Analysis of Moves in Application Essays to Medical and Dental Schools
Ding, Huiling
English for Specific Purposes, v26 n3 p368-392 2007
Despite the important role the personal statement plays in the graduate school application processes, little research has been done on its functional features and little instruction has been given about it in academic writing courses. The author conducted a multi-level discourse analysis on a corpus of 30 medical/dental school application letters, using both a hand-tagged move analysis and a computerized analysis of lexical features of texts. Five recurrent moves were identified, namely, explaining the reason to pursue the proposed study, establishing credentials related to the fields of medicine/dentistry, discussing relevant life experience, stating future career goals, and describing personality.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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