Coherence part 3: what did the students tell us?

Neil Allison presents part 3 of his 3 part investigation to uncover more about the problems of poor coherence in student writing, particularly East Asian writers. This post summarises the experiments/tasks he used in class and the observations and implications for student awareness of and improvement in writing coherent texts.  

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Coherence part 2: what does the literature tell us?

In the last post Neil Allison started looking into coherence and now he presents part 2 of a 3 part investigation to uncover more about the problems of poor coherence in student writing, particularly East Asian writers. This post highlights some of the theory of coherence from a linguistics perspective and some research into issues for English language learners. Continue reading “Coherence part 2: what does the literature tell us?”

Is this Coherent, or, how to think like an English person

Neil Allison has been looking into issues of structure in writing, particularly East Asian writers and particularly at sentence and paragraph level. What makes students’ writing incoherent? This is part 1 of a series of posts considering what causes poor coherence and what can improve it.

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