Vol. 2, Issue 1, pp. 17-30 Full text

Author: Emilija Sarzhoska-Georgievska

Affiliation: Ss. Cyril & Methodius University, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

The paper presents the results of a study consisting of three text-based analyses of groups of student argumentative essays written on the same topic. The aim was to identify text-based features of coherence in L1 and L2. The analyses were carried out on essays written by first and third year undergraduates at the Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Philology "Blazhe Koneski" at the Ss. "Cyril and Methodius" University in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia who wrote in their first language Macedonian, L1, and in English as a foreign language, L2. The goal was to recognise the importance of discourse organisation in academic writing in L1, and to examine factors which may affect second language learners' competence in the organisation of written discourse in English as a foreign language, L2. The paper points out the differences in the rhetorical models in Macedonian and English written discourse and how these differences may have an impact on writing assessment and the teaching of writing at university level.

Keywords: Coherence, organizational patterns, topical structure analysis, rhetorical models, teaching writing

Article history:
Received: 18 April 2016;
Reviewed: 25 May 2016;
Accepted: 30 May 2016;
Published: 20 August 2016

Citation (APA6):
Sarzhoska-Georgievska, Emilija. (2016). Coherence: Implications for teaching writing. English Studies at NBU, 2(1), 17-30. Retrieved from

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