Coherence strategies and devices of efl academic writing introductions

Siswanti, Vincentia Sri Harti (2014) Coherence strategies and devices of efl academic writing introductions. Masters thesis, Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya.

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Academic writing plays an important role in higher education like graduate school. Introduction is the most important part in academic writing since it gives an overview of the whole writing because of its crucial role. An introduction must be understandable and readable where coherence is needed since introduction is the gate to go further. Hereby, the researcher conducted a study focusing on how students of MPBI Widya Mandala Catholic University achieve the value of coherence of the academic writing introduction. The study was intended to describe the coherence strategies and devices used by the students to achieve coherence. The study was discourse analysis where it would describe the internal relationship of form and meaning. This research applied textual analysis with multimodal analysis. Multimodal analysis used an integrated perspective to study the development of research in education. The data was the introduction paragraphs of the academic writing essays. The researcher found non-deductive and neither deductive nor non-deductive strategy in this study. The non-deductive strategy consisted of three elements like context establishment, further focus, and thesis statement. On the other hand, the neither deductive nor non-deductive strategy did not have the complete three elements like non-deductive strategy, so those writings which used this strategy were categorized as incoherent introductions. Beside those strategies, there were 6 coherence devices found; they are repetition of key nouns, the definite article „the‟, parallelism, purpose signals, substitution, and transitional signals. For further research, the researcher suggests to conduct a research study on similar topic. Perhaps, the further researcher could dig more information related to the subjects of the study and the data by giving more triangulation devices like interview and questionnaire. Therefore, the findings and discussions of the findings could be described deeply.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Department: ["eprint_fieldopt_department_Graduate School" not defined]
Uncontrolled Keywords: Academic writing, introduction, coherence, coherence strategies, coherence devices
Subjects: English Education
Divisions: Graduate School > Master Program in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Depositing User: Thomas Aryanatan Lena
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2016 04:51
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2016 05:05

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