Delineating sampling procedures: Pedagogical significance of analysing sampling descriptions and their justifications in TESL experimental research reports

Jason Miin-Hwa Lim, Delineating sampling procedures: Pedagogical significance of analysing sampling descriptions and their justifications in TESL experimental research reports. Iberica: Journal of the European Association of Languages for Specific Purposes, 21. pp. 71-92. ISSN 1139-7241

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Abstract

Teaching second lang age learners how to write research reports constitites a crucial component in programmes on English for Specific Purposes (ESP) in instititions of higher learning. One of the rhetorical segments in research reports that merit attention has to do with the descriptions and justifications of sampling procedures. This genre-based study looks into sampling delineations in the Method-related sections of research articles on the teaching of English as a second language (TESL) written by expert writers and published in eight reputed international refereed journals. Using Swales’s (1990 & 2004) framework, I conducted a quantitative analysis of the rhetorical steps and a qualitative investigation into the language resources employed in delineating sampling procedures. This investigation has considerable relevance to ESP students and instructors as it has yielded pertinent findings on how samples can be appropriately described to meet the expectations of dissertation examiners, reviewers, and supervisors. The findings of this study has furnished insights into how supervisors and instructors can possibly teach novice writers ways of using specific linguistic mechanisms to lucidly describe and convincingly justify the sampling procedures in the Method sections of experimental research reports.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ganre analysis, applied discourse analysis, research report, writing instruction, academic writing
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Depositing User: MR OTHMAN HJ RAWI
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2019 02:01
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2019 02:01
URI: http://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/21656

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