From Language to Multimodality - New Developments in the Study of Ideational Meaning - Carys Jones

From Language to Multimodality - New Developments in the Study of Ideational Meaning - Carys Jones

9 Mapping Ideational meaning in a corpus of student writing

From Language to Multimodality - New Developments in the Study of Ideational Meaning - Carys Jones

Sheena Gardner [+-]
Coventry University
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Sheena joined the Department of English and Languages in July 2011 from the University of Birmingham, where she was Reader in Educational Linguistics and member of the MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism Sheena has a background in Functional Linguistics, English Language Teaching (Germany, Sudan, Ukraine), EFL, ESL and EAL Teacher Education and Applied Linguistics (Canada and UK), with experience in Malaysia, Botswana, Pakistan, and China. She enjoys teaching grammar and genre analysis, and has been involved in the development of national and international pre-university, undergraduate, postgraduate and workplace programmes This varied international background informs her current role as Head of the Department of English and Languages, with its combinations of Linguistics, Literatures, Cultures, Languages for Business, Creative Writing, TEFL, Academic English and the many languages taught including English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Arabic Sheena’s research interests lie in the linguistic analysis of educational discourse from systemic functional and other perspectives to enhance our understanding of how languages work in context, and to inform teaching and learning. Two major research projects are an investigation of genres of university student writing and an exploration of classroom based assessment of English as an additional language among young learners. Sheena was also co-investigator for the follow on project 'Writing for a Purpose' (ES/J01095/1) Sheena has always valued the synergies between teaching and research; her research not only focuses on educational practices but also informs her teaching. Her more than 70 publications include teaching materials, and internationally refereed journal articles in TESOL Quarterly, Language and Education, Language Awareness, Language Teaching Research, English Language Teaching Journal, TESL Canada Journal, Journal of English for Academic Purposes and the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.

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This chapter starts by arguing for an analysis of Angle on Field through Subjects. The framework is informed by understandings from studies on variation across disciplines and years of study. The adequacy of using Sentence Subjects for student writing is tested against descriptions of published research across disciplines. Finally a framework is proposed that maps clusters of Field across disciplines and progression across years. Designed to map Field across the 28 disciplines and four years of study of the BAWE corpus, the framework is applied to Assignment Initial Sentence Subjects only. The framework enables us to locate and compare field from specific disciplines and years on a large scale.

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Gardner, Sheena. 9 Mapping Ideational meaning in a corpus of student writing. From Language to Multimodality - New Developments in the Study of Ideational Meaning. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 169 - 188 Dec 2008. ISBN 9781845539115. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=21985. Date accessed: 15 May 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.21985. Dec 2008

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