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Analysis of the Rhetorical Patterns in Iraqi EFL Students' Writings

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DOI: 10.22606/als.2019.11004

Author(s)
Lina Lafta Jassim
Affiliation(s)
English of Department, College of Art, University of Thi-Qar, Iraq
Abstract
This study attempts to describe and analyze how the rhetorical patterns are employed by Iraqi EFL students. The research materials are descriptive essays gather from 100 students at fourthyear. The Ninety-six samples are selected and given a quantitative analysis to compute the overall frequency of the occurrence of different rhetoric patterns. The purpose of the study is to investigate which rhetoric patterns employ most frequently in writing of Iraqi students. They are two hypotheses. First, deductive patterns are employed most frequently more than inductive ones in writing of the Iraqi EFL student. Second, most students tend to place a thesis in the first sentence of the introduction paragraph. The results of the study indicate that students preferred the deductive rhetoric pattern of inductive rhetoric patterns in their English writings. The present study can assist instructors of writing to explore the rhetoric features revealed in Iraqi EFL students' writings.
Keywords
Rhetoric patterns, inductive, reductive, topic sentence
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