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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Systemic Functional Analysis of TOEFL Sample Writings
by Nakamura, Yuki, M.A., Marshall University, 2018, 51; 10814227
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study is to investigate the tendency of the structural and lexico-grammatical features between high score writings and low score writings by comparing some sample writings of TOEFL practice text book from the perspectives of Systemic Functional Linguistics. Especially, this study focuses on analyzing clause complex, grammatical metaphor, lexical density, and causality of the sample writings of TOEFL practice books. The analysis shows the tendency to get higher scores with appropriate and effective writing structure of the writing section of TOFL iBT. Actually, most practice textbooks briefly provide only the templates that enable the test takers to memorize the form of the construction of the writing and some simple ways of use of conjunctions which is for logically structured writings. The study proves some defects of introduction and explanation part of the writing section of TOEFL iBT; especially, the explanation of ways of conducting text flow, such as effective use of adverbs and conjunctions and word choices so on.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hong, Hyo-Chang
Commitee: Angus, Ryan, Schray, Kateryna
School: Marshall University
Department: English
School Location: United States -- West Virginia
Source: MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Linguistics, English as a Second Language
Publication Number: 10814227
ISBN: 978-0-438-07298-5
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