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  1. 1. A corpus-based approach to online materials development for writing research articles Ching-Fen Chang & Chih-Hua Kuo Ana Paulina López Álvarez
  2. 2. Introduction - English is the de facto lingua franca in the research world. - Academic writing poses a great challenge for non-native speakers of English. a) lexico-grammatical features b) rhetorical functions c) writing skills d) generic structures
  3. 3. EAP & Research Articles (RA) - CARS Model (Create-a-Research-Space) by Swales a) How information is organized b) Linguistic features in RA: tense, voice, modals, hedging, metadiscourse, reporting verbs, and personal pronouns.
  4. 4. The role of material - The use of authentic material is very important - The “perfect” material would be the ones based in both corpus analysis and genre analysis.
  5. 5. The role of technology in understanding RA with EAP - Computer-Assisted Language Learning: Enhanced input. Objective: To increase students writer’s consciousness of RA’s structures.
  6. 6. The study - Corpus compilation: Research articles in the field of computer science. - Target students: Students of computer science. - Total of 60 RA.
  7. 7. Purposes of analysis of corpus Identify: - Major and optional moves in each section of the RA - Common move sequences in each section - Move structure throughout the whole RA What’s a move? A move is a discoursal or rhetorical unit that performs a coherent communicative function in a written or spoken discourse. Examples: Background information, justifications and reasons, comparisons, results, etc.
  8. 8. Process and results of analysis - Meetings to check inter-reliability. - Discuss results and problems. Results: - The following moves, methods, results and discussion are mixed in a number of sections between introduction and conclusions.
  9. 9. Text analysis - Field-specific vocabulary - Lexico-grammatical features - Linguistic features related to the communicative purposes of each section.
  10. 10. Let’s start the online course - Construct the website - Design the course structure - Create online materials
  11. 11. What the course included - Two lesson units: 1) Information structure: Discussion topics, lecture notes, etc. 2) Language use: Writing skills activities, material and content - Audio instructions in users’ native language - Learning platform: Similar to Moodle. Each section had the following: Learning tasks, discussion, homework, learning resources and online writing. Extra features for students: Interaction with teachers and peers, check learning progress, and self evaluation.
  12. 12. The students evaluate the course The students provided feedback about the following sections: - Online materials - Online activities - Resources and tools - Learning platform
  13. 13. Conclusion - A supportive writing environment using the computer can help learners to become researchers and autonomous learners. - A target corpus can provide abundant and invaluable resources for both teachers and students.