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ERIC Number: EJ905612
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1475-1585
Research Article Introductions in Chinese and English: A Comparative Genre-Based Study
Loi, Chek Kim
Journal of English for Academic Purposes, v9 n4 p267-279 Dec 2010
This study investigates the rhetorical organisation of English and Chinese research article introductions in the field of educational psychology using (Swales, 1990) and (Swales, 2004) framework of move analysis. A corpus of 40 research articles (20 Chinese and 20 English) was selected. The English research articles, written by first-language English speakers, were selected from "The Journal of Educational Psychology" while the Chinese research articles, written by first-language Chinese speakers, were selected from [image omitted] ("Psychological Development and Education"). The findings reveal that English and Chinese research article introductions generally employ the three moves (i.e., Move 1, Move 2 and Move 3) as outlined by (Swales, 1990) and (Swales, 2004). Swales's Create a Research Space (CARS) model however, could not account for certain rhetorical strategies found in the two sets of introductions. English and Chinese research article introductions differ in the extent to which the moves and steps are used in the introductions. That is, generally speaking, the rhetorical moves and steps were employed in fewer Chinese introductions compared to the English. It is proposed that an analytic-synthetic approach can be used to teach academic writing to Chinese ESL students, encouraging them to engage in genre-analysis tasks before doing their own writing. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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