PHASE 0: Pre-assignments
Pre-Assignment 1: Introduce yourself and your thesis topic!
(Your post is due by 23:59 on 06.06; Reply to at least two students' posts by 23:59 on 13.06--preferably one outside your programme.)As you will be working in pairs & small groups quite a bit this seminar, let's take a minute to get to know each other.
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?
ChineseYang, L. and Cahill, D. (2003). The Rhetorical Organization of Chinese and American students’ Expository Essays: a Contrastive Rhetoric Study. International Journal of English Studies, (8)2, 113-132. https://revistas.um.es/ijes/article/view/49191/47061
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.)
HungarianKároly, K. (2009). Author identity in English academic discourse: A comparison of expert and Hungarian EFL student writing, Acta Linguistica Hungarica, 56(1), 1-22. Retrieved Jan 11, 2022, from https://akjournals.com/view/journals/064/56/1/article-p1.xml
Cahyono, B. (2001). Research Studies in Second Language Writing and in Contrastive Rhetoric. K@TA: a Biannual Publication on the Study of Language and Literature, 3(1), 39-50. http://kata.petra.ac.id/index.php/ing/article/view/15472
KoreanLee, S. (2001). A contrastive rhetoric study of Korean and English research paper introductions. [Doctoral Dissertation] University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, pp. 1-10. https://www.proquest.com/openview/8afb7e98872e68938c0e50db1588afd0/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=18750&diss=y
PolishSmakman, D. and Duda-Osiewacz, A. (2014). A Contrastive Rhetoric Analysis of Scholarly Publications by Polish and Anglophone Authors. The Journal of Language Teaching and Learning, 4(2), 29-47. https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/jltl/issue/22503/240587
RussianKhoutyz, I. (2015). Engagement in Academic Written Discourse: A Cross-cultural Study of Russian and English Research Articles. International Journal of Russian Studies, 4(2), 135-160. http://www.ijors.net/issue4_2_2015/pdf/__www.ijors.net_issue4_2_2015_article_3_khoutyz.pdf
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.