City University of Hong Kong Dep
Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics
Research Degree Forum
Textual Development in University Students’ Writing
Miss PUN Fung Kan
PhD candidate, Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics, City University of Hong Kong
Date: 14 Sept 2009, Monday
Time: 4:30 - 5:30pm
Venue: G7619 (7/F, Green Zone), Academic Building, CityU
This presentation will focus on investigating textuality in English language writing produced by second language learners studying at the tertiary level. In particular, we will focus on how textuality is continued. There is already substantial literature addressing textural features in writing, especially in term of thematic choices in academic settings (for examples in Berry 1995, Luo 2006, Martin 1995, North 2005, and Whittaker, 1995). The City University of Hong Kong is conducting an English enhancement project called the Language Companion Course (LCC) project. It provides a web-based platform allowing online language specialist coaches interact with students on designated written assignments. Before finally submitting their essay to the subject teacher, each student will have worked through two prior drafts with their online language specialist coach. Student’s written work and the comments from the online language specialist coaches are stored electronically, providing a rich resource for linguistic analysis. In this study, we focus on the development of textuality over students’ successive drafts of students’ written assignments.
Miss PUN Fung Kan is currently a joint-U PhD student at the Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics in the City University of Hong Kong and the Department of Linguistics in the University of Sydney under the supervision of Professor Jonathan Webster and Professor James Martin. Her research interests include functional grammar, text analysis, second language development, forensic language, and corpus linguistics.
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