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ERIC Number: EJ975228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1475-1585
Theme Choice in EAP and Media Language
Hawes, Thomas; Thomas, Sarah
Journal of English for Academic Purposes, v11 n3 p175-183 Sep 2012
If assignments are to present clear arguments that a reader may follow without confusion or rereading, learners need to master a range of thematic options and employ them in proportions appropriate to the target genre. This paper builds upon recent theoretical work on a) genre differences in terms of thematisation between two British newspapers, and b) the role of non-participant Themes in newspaper text, suggesting how that theory may be incorporated into a workable tool for EAP writing. We examine essays by pre-MA students of journalism, predominantly from East Asia, and compare their use of thematisation with that of the professional journalists. We discuss students' problems with Theme choice and propose a focus on non-participant Themes, discourse participants, and also what we refer to as "disguised discourse participants." Most of all, we recommend analysing at least the rudiments of thematisation with students and presenting them with a Theme-Rheme "model" from their chosen genre--specifically a cline, based on quantitative thematisation data, stretching from a tabloid newspaper to a broadsheet, as a yardstick against which the appropriateness of student thematisation may be measured. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom