Proceedings of the 9th UNNES Virtual International Conference on English Language Teaching, Literature, and Translation, ELTLT 2020, 14-15 November 2020, Semarang, Indonesia

Research Article

Rhetorical Structure of Thesis Introduction Chapters Written By English Native Speakers

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.14-11-2020.2310290,
        author={Sri Wuli Fitriati and Wawan  Gunawan and Alief Noor Farida and Nurjannah Mutiara Gayatri},
        title={Rhetorical Structure of Thesis Introduction Chapters Written By English Native Speakers},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 9th UNNES Virtual International Conference on English Language Teaching, Literature, and Translation, ELTLT 2020, 14-15 November 2020, Semarang, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={ELTLT},
        year={2021},
        month={11},
        keywords={move analysis rhetorical structure thesis introduction},
        doi={10.4108/eai.14-11-2020.2310290}
    }
    
  • Sri Wuli Fitriati
    Wawan Gunawan
    Alief Noor Farida
    Nurjannah Mutiara Gayatri
    Year: 2021
    Rhetorical Structure of Thesis Introduction Chapters Written By English Native Speakers
    ELTLT
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.14-11-2020.2310290
Sri Wuli Fitriati1,*, Wawan Gunawan2, Alief Noor Farida1, Nurjannah Mutiara Gayatri1
  • 1: Universitas Negeri Semarang, Semarang, Indonesia
  • 2: Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia
*Contact email: SriWuli.Fitriati@mail.unnes.ac.id

Abstract

Thesis introduction chapters provide readers with the description of a research topic as well as the importance of conducting the research. The quality of thesis introduction chapters is highly affected by their rhetorical structure, which is manifested through particular moves and steps in developing paragraphs. Previous studies confirmed that native English speakers tend to demonstrate particular rhetorical structures in composing their thesis introduction. This paper is part of a larger study on investigating the introduction chapters of theses. By employing a qualitative discourse study, five introduction chapters of theses in the field of English language education and Applied Linguistics written by English native speaker students of Master’s program abroad were analyzed. The data were analysed by adopting Swales’ CARS framework (2004) to yield a description of the rhetorical structures of the thesis introduction chapters. This study will contribute to facilitating the teaching of academic writing by providing the generic structures of a good model of thesis introduction chapters generated from the findings of the present study.