Topical structure analysis as an assessment tool in student academic writing

Flores, Eden Regala and Kexiu, Yin (2015) Topical structure analysis as an assessment tool in student academic writing. 3L; Language,Linguistics and Literature,The Southeast Asian Journal of English Language Studies., 21 (1). pp. 103-115. ISSN 0128-5157


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In an attempt to establish the validity of Topical Structure Analysis (TSA) as an assessment tool in student academic writing, this study applies TSA in both high- and low-rated comparison-and-contrast essays. Following Simpson’s (2000) model, the study consists of two parts. The first part quantitatively describes the physical structure of freshman college students’ high- and low-quality comparison-and-contrast essays, and the second part presents how the topical development is carried out in the said essays. Results show that although there is a remarkable parallel preference of topical progressions between the two groups of data, over 60 percent of independent clauses in the low-quality writing introduce new topics compared to less than 50 percent in high-quality writing samples. Two-proportion z-test shows that the difference is significant, p=.012 <.05. Therefore, it may be inferred that low-quality writing tends to introduce more new topics in the independent clauses than in high-quality writing.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:topical progressions; internal coherent structure; sentence elements; students’ essays; TSA
Journal:3L ; Journal of Language, Linguistics and Literature
ID Code:8501
Deposited By: ms aida -
Deposited On:13 Apr 2015 07:59
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