The Inbox - Understanding and Maximizing Student-Instructor E-mail - Jennifer Ewald

The Inbox - Understanding and Maximizing Student-Instructor E-mail - Jennifer Ewald

Expressions of Gratitude

The Inbox - Understanding and Maximizing Student-Instructor E-mail - Jennifer Ewald

Jennifer Ewald [+-]
Saint Joseph's University
Jennifer D. Ewald is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA, where she teaches undergraduate courses at all levels of instruction. She has published in the areas of applied linguistics, pragmatics, and second language pedagogy.

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This chapter explores students’ e-mail expressions of gratitude, highlighting them as a perhaps surprisingly complex task for students. Students’ e-mail thank yous are categorized according to their respective topic (e.g., teacher providing help, sending homework assignment, writing a letter of recommendation, etc.). The report includes an analysis of students’ actual thanking expressions including an emphasis on each thanking category (Cheng, 2010) and frequency of expression. A more general e-mail characteristic is also analyzed in this chapter: students’ self-identification. This chapter closes with specific pedagogical implications and areas of future research related to expressions of gratitude.

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Ewald, Jennifer. Expressions of Gratitude. The Inbox - Understanding and Maximizing Student-Instructor E-mail. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 103-113 Feb 2016. ISBN 9781781791141. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=22358. Date accessed: 22 Sep 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.22358. Feb 2016

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