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ERIC Number: EJ805514
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1094-3501
Raising Students' Awareness of Cross-Cultural Contrastive Rhetoric in English Writing via an E-Learning Course
Xing, Minjie; Wang, Jinghui; Spencer, Kenneth
Language Learning & Technology, v12 n2 p71-93 Jun 2008
This study investigated the potential impact of e-learning on raising overseas students' cultural awareness and explored the possibility of creating an interactive learning environment for them to improve their English academic writing. The study was based on a comparison of Chinese and English rhetoric in academic writing, including a comparison of Chinese students' writings in Chinese with native English speakers' writings in English and Chinese students' writings in English with the help of an e-course and Chinese students' writings in English without the help of an e-course. Five features of contrastive rhetoric were used as criteria for the comparison. The experimental results show that the group using the e-course was successful in learning about defined aspects of English rhetoric in academic writing, reaching a level of performance that equalled that of native English speakers. Data analysis also revealed that e-learning resources helped students to compare rhetorical styles across cultures and that the interactive learning environment was effective in improving overseas students' English academic writing. (Contains 13 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom