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A Study on Guided Writing and Context

  • The Journal of Translation Studies
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2006, 7(1), pp.155-175
  • Publisher : The Korean Association for Translation Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Interpretation and Translation Studies

Hyejin Jang 1

1국민대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

A Study on Guided Writing and Context Jang, Hyejin (Kookmin University) One of the main purposes of guided writing is to help learners find the structure of a target language so that they can use appropriate English sentences corresponding to their native language. In guided writing, the learners' native language is used as a guide which leads the learners to the structure they are going to learn. Therefore, the use of English sentences with proper structures in guided writing depends on the learners' understanding of the Korean sentences provided as a guider. However, in the absence of any context provided in guided writing, the learners may not be able to use English sentences with suitable structure because (1) learners may not recognize the level of politeness; (2) find suitable English structure and vocabulary when they encounter broad translation; and (3) identify the speaker's intention. The research question of this study is whether context can help learners write suitable English sentences in guided writing. To answer the question, this study was conducted through an experiment with two groups (a control and an experimental group). The control group had to write English sentences with only Korean sentences. Any context related to the Korean sentences was not provided. On the other hand, the experimental group had to do writing with related context as well as Korean sentences. The findings of this study show that the experimental group with context used more appropriate structure and vocabulary in their writing than the control group did. Therefore, this study suggests that Korean sentences with context can guide learners to more suitable English sentences in guided writing.

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