Using metadiscourse to improve coherence in academic writing

Jeremy Jones

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    One potent effect of the globalisation of English is the huge increase in the number of non-native English speakers (NNSs) undertaking university courses in English-speaking countries. There they study alongside native speakers (NSs), compared with whom they are at an obvious disadvantage. Analysing one essay by a NNS at an Australian university, this paper confronts a common and very significant challenge that such students face: difficulty with constructing a coherent argument. It probes this difficulty with particular reference to the techniques of reader-based writing embodied in the concept of “metadiscourse”. Possible remedies will be proposed to help the student, both for the short and long term.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-14
    Number of pages14
    JournalLanguage Education in Asia
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


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