Volume 3, Issue 4, July 2015, Page: 230-238
The Problems of Using Discourse Markers in Kurdish EFL Undergraduate Students’ Essays
Farhad Majeed Hama Shareef, English Department, School of Physical and Basic Education, Applied linguistics and TESOL, University of Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan, Iraq
Received: May 19, 2015;       Accepted: Jun. 1, 2015;       Published: Jun. 15, 2015
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijll.20150304.16      View  3226      Downloads  161
Abstract
This study is an attempt to investigate the use of various kinds of discourse markers in Kurdish EFL undergraduate student's essays. Similarly, Kurdish EFL first and third year students usually face difficulties in the use of discourse markers when they write different types of paragraphs and essays. Particularly, they have increasingly made mistakes when they write argumentative essays. This study is divided into two parts. Part A comprises of theoretical background and data analysis for the samples of paragraphs and essays. Part B covers pedagogical implications which include proposing useful and appropriate strategies for academic writing. The major finding is that first years have inability to use all the types of discourse markers whereas third year students have misused and overused most of the types of DMs.
Keywords
Discourse Markers, Types of Discourse Markers, Undergraduate Students' Essays
To cite this article
Farhad Majeed Hama Shareef, The Problems of Using Discourse Markers in Kurdish EFL Undergraduate Students’ Essays, International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Vol. 3, No. 4, 2015, pp. 230-238. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20150304.16
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