SELECTED PAPERS

from the 1st International Conference on Language Education and Research (LERC2019)

Volume 3 - Issue 3 - December 2019

Latest issue of Journal of Applied Languages and Linguistics

Research Article

TITLE: The application of written discourse analysis (DA) to the advanced EFL reading classroom:

The great desideratum for creating new student identities

Author: Evangelia Vassilakou, The English Academy of Languages , Greece

The English Academy of Languages, Greece
Email: evangelia.vassilakou@gmail.com

Published online: 31 December 2019, pp. 102-116

​​Citation:

Vassilakou, E. (2019) The application of written discourse analysis (DA) to the advanced EFL reading classroom: The great desideratum for creating new student identities, Journal of Applied Languages and Linguistics, 3(3), pp. 102-116

Abstract

A plethora of articles and books on DA highlight its methodological usefulness and contribution to a deep understanding of language (Alsaawi, 2016; Dooley & Levinsohn, 2000; Kapanadze, 2018; Wu, 2017). This paper examines how DA can be implemented as a supplement to conventional grammar and vocabulary teaching rather than as a replacement to improve learners’ cognitive skills. To achieve this, the present paper examines how the analysis of an authentic EFL text can be divided into three parts, that is the grammatical, lexical and structural cohesion. Reference is made to co-reference, ellipsis, substitution, modality, tense-aspect choices, conjunctions, intertextuality, passivization, reiteration, collocations, synonymy, antonymy, hypernymy, hyponymy, meronymy, the theme / rheme structure, the three most common textual patterns and a qualitative analysis of DA findings. A color chart is also used for the identification of these cohesion devices paired with a student - friendly indicative questionnaire utilized as a framework in the process of linguistic analysis. The paper concludes with the pedagogical implications of introducing DA as a novel methodology in the EFL classroom for creating new student identities of language analysts.


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Keywords: written discourse analysis, grammatical cohesion, lexical cohesion, structural cohesion, color charts

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