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Title: The use of metadiscourse and persuasion : an analysis of first year university students' timed argumentative essays
Authors: Ho, V 
Li, C
Keywords: Academic writing
First-year university students
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: Journal of english for academic purposes, 2018, v. 33, p. 53-68 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of english for academic purposes 
Abstract: This study attempts to obtain a better understanding of the way first-year university students construct persuasive arguments in writing by exploring their pattern of use of metadiscourse. A total of 181 argumentative essays produced by first-year university students while completing a timed writing task were analyzed by drawing upon the interpersonal model of metadiscourse as the analytical framework. The findings indicate that, while writers of low-rated essays differ significantly from those of high-rated ones only in the use of a few metadiscourse markers, they have problems using metadiscourse in constructing convincing arguments. Our study suggests that direct and explicit teaching and learning of metadiscourse should be implemented at both secondary education and at the early stage of tertiary education to enable students to use metadiscourse effectively in creating convincing arguments in English academic writing.
EISSN: 1475-1585
DOI: 10.1016/j.jeap.2018.02.001
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