Engaging Young Writers with Powerful Academic Texts

Systemic Functional Grammar (SFG) Based English Text Analysis

by Bo-Ai Ko



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/16/2018

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 338
ISBN : 9781490785790
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 338
ISBN : 9781490785356

About the Book

Based on the researcher’s longitudinal case study of two ESL Korean children’s biliteracy development, this book focuses on the text analysis of English academic genres, including narrative, report, review, explanation, argument and procedure—all powerful genres for ESL children’s further text development. The text analysis was conducted as a systematic and comprehensive application of Systemic Functional Grammar (SFG) and the genre-based approach—both widely accepted frameworks of discourse and text analysis. As a result, this book is expected to be a useful additional reference when providing detailed guidance for SFG-based text analysis of ESL primary school students’ writing samples. The subject children’s balanced development of narrative and factual texts demonstrates a possible solution for controlling the process of appropriate schematic structures and linguistic choices, including the range of process types, nominal groups, interpersonal modality choices, thematic choices, and cohesion devices. Recognizing that ESL children are the minority in an English-speaking community, this book hopes to show that the key to prevent ESL children from lagging behind and help them successfully learn at the same time sequence of mainstream native English speakers is engagement with the full range of powerful literacy texts.

About the Author

Bo-Ai Ko graduated from Sogang University, Korea with a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature, and continued her master’s degree and PhD in TESOL at the University of Canberra, Australia. As a researcher and mother of two ESL Korean children, she conducted a six-year longitudinal case study that incorporates her experience with and educational philosophy behind bilingualism and biliteracy development. She has been teaching as a professor of the Department of English Language Studies, Seoul Digital University. Her research interests include bilingualism and biliteracy, teacher training for English literacy education (Genre-based approach, extensive reading program), ESP, critical pedagogy and discourse analysis of written language.