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Narrating personal reflections using cohesive features as strategies among Nigerian language secondary students


Bello, Mohammed and Harun, Minah (2018) Narrating personal reflections using cohesive features as strategies among Nigerian language secondary students. IOSR Journal Of Humanities And Social Science (IOSR-JHSS), 23 (6). pp. 35-40. ISSN 2279-0845

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Abstract

This paper explores the cohesive features used by Nigerian language secondary students in narrating personal reflections of their junior years. Ten samples texts written by the second language learners were examined using Halliday and Hasan (1976) model of cohesion. A purposive sampling technique was used to select the participants based on certain criteria: (i) They are above the age of fifteen and (ii) They can read and write in English language. The data collected comprise fifteen essays written in the language classroom. They were given approximately forty-five minutes to reflect on the topic given by the teacher. The findings reveal that the participants used cohesive features as strategies in sharing their experiences as junior students. The most frequent use of cohesive features include: reference, lexical, and conjunction cohesion types which helped to enhance and frame the reflections. In doing so, the narration was smooth without any unnecessary repetitions of words, phrases, and clauses. This further improves the quality of essays in the attempt to convey the intended message to the reader. The findings draw the attention to the significance of having more knowledge of cohesive features by students in particular the non-native students of English and how to effectively use such features in their written communication to enable them to develop their stories (reflections). The paper recommends that future studies can explore how effective use of cohesive devices as writing strategies help in improving other language learners’ of English written texts. This further improves the quality of essay in the attempt to convey the intended message to the reader. The paper ends with some implications for teaching and learning of second language writing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cohesive features, second language writing, second language learners of English, reflections, Nigeria.
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Divisions: School of Language, Civilisation and Philosophy
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2020 01:11
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2020 01:11
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/27837

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