A Cognitive-Functional Linguistic Approach to EFL Writing Pedagogy

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  • Author: Yuan Ye;
  • Language: English
  • Page: 254
  • Publication Date: 01/2009
  • ISBN: 9787030230126
  • Publisher: Science Press
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Review of Literature on Rhetoric and Writing Research
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Product-oriented approaches
2.3 Process-oriented approaches
2.3.1 Pre-writing
2.3.2 Drafting
2.3.3 Rewriting
2.3.4 Other components in Flower and Hayes' writing process model (1980)
2.3.5 Verbal protocols——the major means of research within this writing-as-process paradigm
2.3.6 New developments of the Flower-Hayes 1980 model
2.3.7 Instances of writing-as-process model as applied in ESL/EFL writing research
2.4 The process-oriented versus product-oriented writing approaches
2.5 For a comprehensive theory of writing
2.6 A review of major linguistic studies on writing
2.6.1 The transformational-generative approach to writing
2.6.2 Genre and the textlinguistics approach to writing
2.6.3 The application of cognitive linguistics in writing research
2.7 Revisiting the processes in generating the text
2.8 On the social context and attitudes which influence writing (and the writer)
2.9 Review of current college writing textbooks and teaching method
2.10 Application of writing-as-cognitive-functional-linguisticprocess model

Chapter 3 A Theoretical Framework for Our Cognitive-Functional Approach
3.1 Theoretical backgrounds
3.1.1 (Transformational) Generative Grammar
3.1.2 Systemic Functional Grammar
3.1.3 Cognitive Linguistics: a general survey
3.2 Some relevant details of cognitive functional linguistic studies
3.2.1 The Billiard-ball model
3.2.2 The Stage model
3.2.3 Transitivity
3.2.4 Grammatical relations
3.2.5 Voice, de/focusing, prominence, and dimensions of specificity
3.2.6 Nominalization and verbalization
3.2.7 Conceptual metaphor and the language of metaphor
3.2.8 Extended image schema theory

Chapter 4 A Cognitive-Functional-Linguistic-Process Writing Model
4.1 Introduction
4.2 A cognitive-functional-linguistic-process writing model
4.2.1 The architecture and working mechanism
4.2.2 A further discussion on EFL writing under our model

Chapter 5 Research Design and Methodology
5.1 Qualitative vs. Quantitative
5.2 Participants
5.3 Treatment and the teaching materials
5.3.1 Treatment
5.3.2 Teaching materials
5.4 Assessment
5.4.1 Quantitative assessment
5.4.2 Qualitative evaluation
5.5 Triangulation

Chapter 6 Statistical Results and Qualitative Analysis
6.1 General introduction
6.2 Marking and its results
6.2.1 Markers and marker training
6.2.2 Presentation of the marking results
6.3 Data treatment
6.3.1 On the conceptual metaphor compositions
6.3.2 On the image schema compositions
6.3.3 On the cognitive grammar compositions
6.4 Summary
6.5 A qualitative analysis of the compositions with cognitive-functional linguistic tools
6.5.1 An Analysis on the treatment effects of the metaphorical group
6.5.2 An Analysis on the treatment effects of the image schema group
6.5.3 An Analysis of the treatment effects of the cognitive grammar group
6.5.4 Chapter Summary

Chapter 7 Concluding Summary and Research Implications
7.1 A summarizing analysis of the responses to training in all the chosen posttest writings
7.2 Summary, discussion, and implications
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A Cognitive-Functional Linguistic Approach to EFL Writing Pedagogy