Blog posts and traditional assignments by first- and second-language writers

dc.contributor.author Elgort, Irina
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-29T20:47:34Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-29T20:47:34Z
dc.date.issued 2017-06-01
dc.description.abstract This study investigates differences in the language and discourse characteristics of course blogs and traditional academic submissions produced in English by native (L1) and advanced second language (L2) writers. One hundred and fifty two texts generated by 38 graduate students within the context of the same Master’s level course were analysed using Coh-Metrix indices at the surface code, textbase and situation model levels. The two text types differed in their lexical sophistication, syntactic complexity, use of cohesion and agency. Overall, the traditional course assignments were more formal, lexically sophisticated and syntactically complex, while the blog posts contained more semantic and situational redundancy, resulting in higher readability, and communicated a clearer sense of agency. There were also reliable differences between the textual artefacts generated by the L1 and L2 writers, one of which was a more traditional impersonal academic style of the L2 texts. Although no interaction was observed between the two independent variables in the Coh-Metrix analyses, an additional analysis of human ratings showed that the blog posts were rated lower on the use of language than traditional assignments for the L2, but not L1, writers. Limitations of the computational text analysis and pedagogical implications of the findings are considered. en_US
dc.identifier.citation Elgort, I. (2017). Blog posts and traditional assignments by first- and second-language writers. Language Learning & Technology, 21(2), 52–72. https://dx.doi.org/10125/44611
dc.identifier.issn 1094-3501
dc.identifier.issn 1094-3501 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/44611
dc.publisher University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
dc.publisher Michigan State University Center for Language Education and Research
dc.subject Academic Writing
dc.subject Digital Texts
dc.subject Discourse Analysis
dc.subject Corpus Analysis
dc.title Blog posts and traditional assignments by first- and second-language writers
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
prism.endingpage 72
prism.number 2
prism.publicationname Language Learning & Technology
prism.startingpage 52
prism.volume 21
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