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Wednesday, August 12 • 11:00am - 11:50am
Using Academic Writing Wizard in Teaching Pragmatic Strategies in Academic Writing

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Academic Writing Wizard, AWW, is a new web-based application for teaching academic writing. The author originated this application to help students develop a textual and pragmatic awareness when writing their academic assignments. An important goal that AWW helps students achieve is creating a lexical web that reflects their pragmatic choices, especially contextualized speech acts, pragmemes, made by the students to persuade their readers. This presentation investigates pragmemic dialogicality in academic texts through using a new framework for academic writing, Lexical Cohesive Trio, LCT. Using this trio has helped the author's students at the Gulf University for Science and Technology, GUST, in Kuwait significantly in consciously recognizing pragmemic dialogicality in academic writing. Based on LCT elements in the students’ essays, which include transitional signals, anaphora and cataphora, patterns of lexical repetitions, and lexical phrases based on academic corpora, the author would like to show that pragmemes are used in a particular fashion in academic texts. A group of the author's students was asked to use AWW for writing one of their assignments, selecting transitional signals, pronouns and their antecedents, lexical repetitions, and academic lexical phrases. The results were analysed using an SPSS package t-test. A pairwise t-test confirmed that more transitional signals were produced after the framework was used: t(1,29) = –4.938, p-value < 0.001. Similarly, a pairwise t-test confirmed that more lexical repetitions were produced after the framework was used: t(1,29) = –5.218, p-value < 0.001. Finally, a pairwise t-test confirmed that significantly more lexical phrases were produced after the framework was used: t(1,29) = –10.672, p-value < 0.001. Results proved that the chosen group of English students at GUST succeeded in consciously using pragmemes reflecting their ideological inclinations. This was achieved thanks to using the new writing software, which relies on pre-planning academic essays.


Hussain Al Sharoufi

Gulf University for Science and Technology-Kuwait

Wednesday August 12, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
CGIS South S050 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA