English Writing Strategies of Korean Students: Exploring Written Texts and Interviews with the Teacher

한국 학생들의 영작문 전략: 텍스트 분석과 교사와의 인터뷰를 중심으로

  • 이영화 (선문대학교 영어학과) ;
  • 김선재 (배재대학교 전자상거래학과)
  • Received : 2014.09.15
  • Accepted : 2014.10.13
  • Published : 2014.10.28


This study aims at investigating Korean EFL students' writing strategies through their rhetorical patterns and meaning-making for a writing task in an English writing classroom at a Korean university. The participants were the students and teacher in the course, and the data comprised nine pieces of students' opinion writing and interviews with the teacher. To analyze the data, a 'Claim-Support' pattern was adopted. The findings show that most students, 89%, demonstrated the same or similar elements in the 'Claim-Support' pattern for their textual structures and many parts of the meaning-making in their writing were originated from the textbook. These findings reflect that the students pursued the strategy of 'accommodation' in order to succeed in their academic writing regardless of the teacher's intention which focused on creativity and imagination in writing. The conclusion suggest that the students tend to establish their own ways of strategy to cope with the recontextualized setting for writing in English.


Writing Strategies;Rhetorical Patterns;Meaning-making;Claim-Support Pattern;Accommodation


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