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Tutor and student perspectives on multimodal features of undergraduate assignments

Leedham, Maria (2014). Tutor and student perspectives on multimodal features of undergraduate assignments. In: Writing Research Across Borders (WRAB), 19-22 Feb 2014, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense.

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Abstract

The traditional focus within the teaching of academic writing is on linear prose and little research has been conducted on additional semiotic modes. This study explores the use of visuals, layout and list writing in assignments from two student groups: L1 Chinese and L1 English undergraduates in three disciplines (Biology, Economics and Engineering). The paper explores proficient undergraduate assignments drawn from the British Academic Written English corpus, revealing that the L1 Chinese students make significantly greater use of visuals and lists than L1 English students in the same disciplines. The presentation then reports on findings from interviews with tutors and students, exploring their views on the use of visuals and lists in assessed writing. It is suggested that academic writing tutors could provide more guidance to all undergraduate students as to the range of acceptable ways of meaning making within assessed undergraduate writing.



Traditionnellement, l'enseignement de la rédaction universitaire est centré sur la prose linéaire, et peu de recherches ont été faites sur les modes sémiotiques supplémentaires. Cette étude explore l'utilisation d'éléments visuels, la présentation et l'écriture sous forme de liste dans des textes rédigés par deux groupes: les étudiants de langue maternelle chinoise et d’anglaise, dans trois disciplines (la biologie, l’économie et l’ingénierie). Cette présentation explorera des textes compétents d’étudiants issus du corpus ‘British Academic Written English’. On verra que les étudiants chinoises font significativement plus grande utilisation de visuels et de listes que les étudiants anglaises. Ensuite, on va présenter des conclusions basées sur des interviews avec des professeurs et des étudiants. Il sera suggéré que les enseignants de la rédaction universitaire pourraient fournir plus de précision à tous les étudiants, indiquant la variété des façons d’écriture disponibles.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 The Author
Keywords: Chinese students; corpus linguistics; tertiary education; student writing; academic writing; multimodality;
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics > English Language & Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Language & Literacies
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Item ID: 40584
Depositing User: Maria Leedham
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2014 09:16
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 14:01
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/40584
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