The organization of experience in writing : a study of upper intermediate/advanced ESL learners

by Tham, Sheon-ming

Abstract (Summary)
(Uncorrected OCR) Abstract

We are all the time organizing experience by means of language. We also learn that events succeed one another and if we wish to see one in relation to another, then we describe them in chronological sequence; this is the basis of a narrative.

32 students in the Second Year at a College of Education in Hong Kong have been asked to recall their personal experiences by narrating an incident that made them happy, sad or was of interest to them. They were also shown a 10-minute movie excerpt and asked to recall in writing the events in the movie immediately. This was repeated two times for one group and three times with another.

Two groups - an English Elective Group (E-Group) and a nonEnglish Elective Group (NE-Group), each comprising 16 students took part in the study. This was to see which group would be better at narration of personal experiences as well as recalling vicarious experiences.


Bibliographical Information:


School:The University of Hong Kong

School Location:China - Hong Kong SAR

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:english language china hong kong composition and exercises narration rhetoric writing student teachers languages case studies


Date of Publication:01/01/1992

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