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EFL Students’ Voice Construction in Reflective Writing

Fri, October 18, 12:40 to 1:50pm, Kingsgate Conference Center, Amphitheater II


This study examines “voice” construction in reflective writing of English as Foreign (EFL) students at college level. By using Appraisal framework in Systemic Functional Linguistics, this study shows how voice is constructed in the reflective writing by EFL students of low, intermediate and high English proficiency levels, that is what are the similarities and differences in the application of three linguistics resources, Engagement, Attitude and Graduation, in their reflective essays. Results of the pilot study indicate that as students’ proficiency level increases, richer Engagement and Graduation resources are used to make their reflective voice more mature and sophisticated.