Pre-assignment 2: Differences in Academic Writing between Cultures (Read before class (9:00 am) on 06.06)
Read one of the articles / book chapters below that focuses on the differences in academic writing between English and your mother tongue. If your mother tongue is not listed, contact Maurice. You only need to read the pages cited below. If the article is longer than 15 pages, you can stop at 15 pages, but make sure you read the abstract, introduction, conclusion and literature review sections. Note: write down the reference or open the link in a new tab as in most cases, the link is an Aalto Primo permalink that takes you to Aalto Primo first, not the specific journal or article.
Be prepared to answer the following:
- What similarities or differences are mentioned between academic writing in your mother tongue compared to academic writing in English?
- Based on your experience, do you agree or disagree with these?
Baleghizadeh, S. and Pashaii, A. (2010). A Comparison of English and Farsi Rhetoric and its Impact on English Writing of Iranian Students. Studies in Literature and Language, 1(5), 17-27. http://www.cscanada.org/index.php/sll/article/view/j.sll.1923156320100105.002/1439
Connor, U. and Mayberry, S. (1996). Learning Discipline-Specific Academic Writing: A Case Study of a Finnish Graduate Student in the United States. In Ventola, E. & Mauranen, A. (Eds.), Academic writing: Intercultural and textual issues
(pp. 231-253). Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins Pub.
French & German
Siepmann, D. (2007). Academic Writing Culture: An Overview of Differences between English, French and German. Meta, 51(1), 131–150. https://doi.org/10.7202/012998ar
Kachru, Y. (1982). English and Hindi. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 3, 50-77. doi:10.1017/S0267190500000659 (A paper copy can be ordered from Aalto Learning Centre.)
Bolgün, M. and Mangla, A. (2017). A Contrastive Rhetoric Analysis of English and Hindi Editorials. Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, 21(2), 15-39. https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1167253.pdf (This article is available digitally; however, newspaper editorials differ rhetorically somewhat from research articles.)
Le Ha, P. (2011). The Writing and Cultural Nexus: Writers' Comparisons of Vietnamese and English Academic Writing. In Le Ha, P. & Baurain, B. (Eds), Voices, identities, negotiations, and conflicts: Writing academic English across cultures (pp.
23-40). Bingley, U.K.: Emerald Group Pub. Ltd.