LANGUAGE IN INDIA Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow Separated by a Common Language: Asian Students Writing in English Separated by a Common Language: Asian Students Writing in English

M Thirumalai, B Mallikarjun, Sam, B A Sharada, A R Fatihi, Lakhan, K Karunakaran, Marie Jennifer, Bayer, Renu Gupta, Renu Gupta
2009 unpublished
According to research in contrastive rhetoric, student writing in English is influenced by the rhetorical structure of the native language. This study examines essays written on a general topic by MBA students from three countries-China, India, and Singapore. An analysis of the essays showed that students from China, who learned English as a foreign language, structured their essays as an exposition, whereas students from India and Singapore, who had studied in English-medium schools, gave
more » ... schools, gave equal weight to a discussion of the counterarguments. Student comments revealed that prior instruction in English composition influenced the structure of their English texts.
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