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Universal Journal of Educational Research, v3 n12 p1049-1053 2015

This study reports on the insights from an EFL learner corpora (a total of 151 essays and 49,690 words) generated from essays collected over the years in a Turkish state university from freshmen students enrolling in the Advanced Writing course. The comparison of cohesive devices in the non-native corpus (NNC) with those in a native corpus (NC) reveals the overuse and misuse of some cohesive devices by Turkish EFL learners. The study specifically aimed to show the use of cohesive devices in learner essays. The frequency counts of cohesive devices in both the NNC and NC were compared to draw conclusions about the macrostructure of the collected essays. Finally, this study makes some suggestions for improvement in the organisation of essays by non-native EFL learners.

Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Computational Linguistics, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Essays, College Freshmen, Advanced Courses, Writing Instruction, Foreign Countries, Connected Discourse, Native Speakers, Contrastive Linguistics, Language Teachers, Teacher Education, Majors (Students), Statistical Analysis

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Author: Ersanli, Ceylan Yangin

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=592&id=EJ1083359







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