The primary traits of excellent educational writing in English, language discourse capabilities, and challenges that Arab college students face

Written by

Abdel Rahman Mitib Altakhaineh

MA pupil, Utilized Linguistics, College of Salford, UK.



1         Introduction

2          What’s “educational writing”

three         The primary traits of “good educational writing”

three.1.      Organisation

three.2  .   Process achievement / Relevance to Query (title)

three.three  .    Accuracy

three.four  .     Vary and magnificence

three.5   .    Coherence and cohesion

three.6  .    Appropriateness and referencing

four The position that language discourse capabilities have in “educational writing”

four.1      Description

four.2      Definition

four.three      Narrative

four.four     Trigger and impact

four.5     Comparability and distinction

four.6     Argument

four.7    Exemplification

four.eight    Classification

5      The challenges that may come up from such traits and capabilities for Arab college students

5.1. Punctuation and spelling

5.2. Misuse of phrases

5.three. Misuse of tense and omitting of the verb (to be)

5.four. Process achievement and Repetition

5.5. Referencing

5.6. Digital illiteracy

6   Conclusion


1. Introduction

Many college students and researchers are nonetheless confused about easy methods to write good educational papers of assorted completely different varieties in English. Educational writing have to be distinguished from different formal types of writing equivalent to official and enterprise as said by Jordan (1986 p. 18). The primary traits of “good educational writing” have been the main target of a lot debate within the basic subject of writing abilities, as have the importance of language discourse capabilities and the essential position that they play in the case of producing “good educational writing”. This essay will outline what “educational writing” is and determine the principle traits of “good educational writing”. The last word intention of this essay will probably be to analyse the position that language discourse capabilities have in such texts and provides options on easy methods to overcome the challenges that may come up from such traits and capabilities for non-native audio system of English.

2. What’s “educational writing?”

Initially, we should outline what “educational writing” is to determine its options. Jordan (1999, p. eight) states that “educational writing” have to be written in a correct formal fashion.Hamp-Lyons and Poole (2006, p. 16-17) additionally outline “educational writing” by way of formality. They state that educational writing is a proper piece of paper for which credit score needs to be given to the author and that the work will include particular grammatical patterns, organisation and argument.They define the formality of educational writing suggesting it comes from its readers who have to be teachers. Its contents that have to be a severe thought and it must be constructed utilizing quite a lot of advanced grammatical buildings which haven’t any errors. The vocabulary utilised must be various and of a technical stage acceptable to the subject material. This will probably be mentioned additional in Part three.

Furthermore, Anderson and Poole (2001, p. 9) give attention to defining the issue in educational writing. They assert that step one have to be to outline the issue which includes figuring out what’s being requested within the query or the title.

As talked about earlier than, I can summarise that Educational writing will be outlined as  the best way that we specific our concepts, information and knowledge clearly by way of discussing an educational downside. It should deal with a subject or title clearly. It has some traits that have to be addressed within the textual content equivalent to accuracy, organisation, argument, coherence, cohesion, appropriateness and referencing. These traits assist the reader to know the educational downside in a vital method by discussing many factors of view referring to it.

three. The essential traits of “good educational writing”

There are numerous traits of “good educational writing”. Many researchers equivalent to Anderson and Poole (2001), Jordan (1986, 1999), Hamp-Lyons and Heasley (2006), Treciak (2000), Greetham (2001), Brown and Hood (1998) and Carter (1999) talk about these options in numerous methods. I’ve outlined the principle traits underneath the next sub-headings:

three.1. Organisation

After we discuss organisation in educational writing, we actually must give attention to a transparent introduction, physique and conclusion. The development of concepts and paragraphing have to be clear and supported with examples. We additionally must current an affordable variety of various factors of view and to attain a way of argumentation.

Greetham (2001, p. 182-202) focuses on the significance of the introduction, paragraphs and conclusion that have to be clear and coherent. He thinks that the introduction is a key half through which the author should interpret the title or query and inform the readers the map that they will observe via the piece of writing.

He additionally emphasises that the paragraphs, that are in the principle physique of the educational writing, should observe the map the author outlined within the introduction. He recommends that the author ought to have a subject sentence for every paragraph which provides the reader a quick description about what will observe. Concerning conclusions, Greetham (2001 p. 197) says:

“The opinions you specific within the conclusion should replicate the power and steadiness of the arguments which have preceded them within the physique of the essay.”

Anderson and Poole (2001, p. 17) counsel that we should always have an introduction, physique and conclusion. They consider that the introduction has to start with an apparent assertion of the issue and supply the readers with all important information that’s to observe. Anderson and Poole (2001, p. 17) argue that the physique “must be an try at a progressive answer to the issue said within the introduction”.They consider that the conclusion ought to current the outcomes of the investigation and supply an answer to the issue that has been set.  Moreover, the conclusion can be utilized to counsel additional areas of investigation.

Though each Greetham (2001) and Anderson and Poole (2001) usually emphasise the importance of organisation within the educational textual content on the identical stage, I strongly agree with Anderson and Poole particularly by way of having an argument within the physique. I really feel that educational writing is created to have an argument that have to be developed all through the physique particularly at postgraduate humanities stage. I additionally consider that examples play an essential position to persuade the readers together with your viewpoint.

three.2. Process achievement /Relevanceto Query (title)

In educational writing, your work have to be straight related to the title. You need to strategy the duty in a direct and environment friendly method. The event of the argument have to be related, correct and acceptable.

Davies (2008) believes that profitable educational writing should deal with a subject or title clearly. He means that writers have to be cautious what data they embody within the essay noting that “fascinating data” might not essentially be oriented in direction of the query that’s being requested. When doing a ultimate overview of your work, you will need to give attention to the relationships between the concepts which were mentioned.

As well as, on-line sources will be invaluable as a way to present glorious definitions of key phrases equivalent to analyse, outline, criticize, talk about, describe, clarify, justify, illustrate and plenty of extra.

three.three. Accuracy

In accuracy, we have now to have excessive requirements of grammar, phrase alternative, vocabulary, spelling and punctuation.

Brown and Hood (1998, pp. 26-34) consider that spelling and punctuation are writing sub-skills. Subsequently, they supply many examples, workouts and methods to keep away from having errors that usually trigger confusion. For instance, using comma within the following statements modifications the that means as proven beneath:

“1.The passengers, who travelled early, have been killed within the accident. (It means all passengers)

2. The passengers who travelled early have been killed within the accident. (It means just some passengers)” (Altakhaineh, 2008, p. 135).

As well as, Jordan (1986, pp. 10-18) additionally gives many examples and workouts that reveal the significance of grammar, vocabulary, spelling and punctuation. The misuse of tenses modifications the that means and spelling errors causes confusion. I don’t suppose it’s the reader’s job to guess what phrases the author selected. He additionally distinguishes the variations between some verbs result in confusion equivalent to ‘lend’ and ‘borrow’, ‘rise’, ‘come up’, ‘increase’ and ‘improve’, ‘make’ and ‘do’ and ‘say’ and ‘inform’ as part of taking good care of phrase alternative and using phrases.

three.four. Vary and magnificence

You will need to present a great vary of vocabulary and sentence buildings and to keep away from repetition. The message must be clear to observe with out effort on the a part of the reader through the use of a great fashion.

In my expertise, using restricted vocabulary and insufficient sentences buildings are an indication of a author’s weak point. As well as, repetition can seem awkward and inappropriate in English as in comparison with another languages equivalent to Arabic.

By way of fashion, Davies (2008) mentions 5 constituents for “good fashion” which I’ve summarised as follows:

  • Be specific: Though the reader might have a basic background within the basic topic it’s important to explicitly state the conclusions.
  • Use signposts: These assist information the reader via the textual content.
  • Keep away from lengthy sentences: Keep away from lengthy and over sophisticated syntactic buildings.
  • Keep away from lengthy paragraphs: Excessively lengthy paragraphs can have a unfavorable affect on the reader.
  • Do not think about that the reader is aware of what you imply: Embrace clear definitions to keep away from ambiguity.

I believe these 5 options are essential in an educational textual content as a result of it’s not written for a particular particular person however for the advantage of many. It must be written in a method which is accessible and comprehensible to folks in varied educational circles.

three.5. Coherence and cohesion

In an educational context, it’s essential to have good use of linking phrases to hitch the concepts inside and between sentences and paragraphs, and a very good utilization of ‘signposting phrases’ to point out the event of your argument. That is referred to as cohesion.

Defining coherence, Carter (1999, p.245) states “A textual content is perceived as coherent when it makes constant sense, with or with out the assistance of units of cohesion“.  He defines cohesion as “the demonstrable sample of the textual content‘s integrity, the marks of its ‘hanging collectively'”. In different phrases, coherence implies that the textual content should make sense and cohesion signifies that it have to be appropriately structured and interlinked by appropriate signposts and linking phrases. As an illustration, ‘Within the subsequent part we are going to…’ and ‘As we have now argued beforehand…’ are good examples of signposts. Linking phrases embody ‘furthermore’, ‘nevertheless’, ‘due to this fact’ and plenty of others.

three.5. Appropriateness and referencing

The language have to be acceptable to the given matter inside an educational context. The writers must make acceptable use of supply texts and of direct and oblique quotations too. In addition they have to offer sufficient references and/or bibliography particulars.

Jordan (1986, p. 18) factors out an important options in educational writing. He outlines them as follows stating that written educational English hardly ever comprises the next:

  1. Contractions: ( I don’t agree…..) can be used as a substitute of ( I do not agree…); (I’m attempting..) as a substitute of ( I am attempting…)
  2. Hesitation fillers: (er, um, properly, ,… that are widespread in spoken English)
  3. Acquainted language that will be inappropriate within the educational texts:
    1. Some phrasal verbs are extra appropriate used informally:

Formal : search, increase

Casual : search for , go up

  1. The usage of private pronouns equivalent to I, you, we must be prevented.

Nonetheless, in my expertise, when the author is requested to offer private proof or expertise, using private pronouns is crucial. This results in the author’s elevated involvement within the textual content. The author’s viewpoint is essential particularly in analysis as a way to uncover the answer and assist others examine additional. Nonetheless, I additionally consider the author have to be cautious to not be too opinionated and look to be interesting to the viewers. That is supported by Smalzer (1996). He gives two instance texts to determine an opinionated view that are:

1. The potential for abuse of the proposed voluntary euthanasia laws, fairly

clearly necessitates that each state in Australia reject the proposal outright.

2. The ache that legalising euthanasia would deliver to unwitting victims of such

laws far outweighs the ache of any terminal sickness and thus such laws

must be rejected instantly.

He states that the second instance will not be educational writing as a result of it makes use of emotive phrases like ‘unwitting victims’ and ‘ache’.

Thurstun and Candlin (1998, pp. 19-52) level out the significance of referencing and using appropriate vocabulary whereas referring to others’ work through the use of phrases like ‘counsel’, ‘declare’ and ‘state’. Furthermore, Trzeciak (2000, pp. 56-57) says “The inclusion of references and quotations in educational work is a vital a part of your writing, significantly in analysis work”. He thinks referencing is important as a result of:

  1. It exhibits that writers have performed appreciable quantities of studying and analysis into the topic they’re discussing and are capable of choose acceptable data from this.
  2. It offers credit score to work that others have performed and present how writers have approached their work.

He additionally focuses on using citation, paraphrasing, footnotes and references or bibliography particulars. Nonetheless, Trzeciak (2000, p. 59) solely helps using citation within the distinctive circumstance that it’s not potential to specific an creator’s phrases in one other method or, the style through which it’s expressed is very concise and distinctive. He provides that the author might misrepresent the supply materials or the wording of the unique.

Paraphrasing will be outlined as utilizing your individual phrases to explain different folks’s opinions.  The usage of citation will be a simple method out, in different phrases, writers might use citation as opposed to paraphrasing as a result of they suppose the quote helps their work however are unable to know it sufficiently to paraphrase it. I believe paraphrasing is healthier, it proves that the author understands the creator’s work.

Concerning footnotes, Trzeciak (2000, p. 60) believes that their objective is to offer further details about the creator on the backside of the web page.

There are numerous referencing conventions in existence. The commonest is the Harvard system. Though there are a lot of others, an important factor is to keep up the identical system via a person piece of labor i.e., one should not change from one system to a different in the identical textual content.

  1. four. The position that language discourse capabilities have in educational writing:

Discourse capabilities play a big position in educational writing. Jordan (1986, pp. 28-68), Jordan (1999, pp. 14-63) and Hamp-Lyons and Heasley (2006, pp. 25-102) talk about how the efficient use of language discourse capabilities may help writers produce good work. I’ll now give attention to seven of those capabilities and talk about the position they play in producing good texts.

four.1. Description:

Jordan (1999, p. 21) observes that there are three sorts of descriptions that happen in educational writing:

  1. Bodily description that may seem in lots of disciplines and topics.
  2. Descriptions of individuals, locations, relationships, jobs, and different social and institutional concepts will probably be made by anthropologists and sociologists.
  3. Descriptions of equipment, tools and procedures happen within the science subject.

He feedback that the current easy energetic ‘he has lengthy hair / they put on / she seems to be like ….’ and current easy passive ‘it’s described / it’s well-known/ it’s situated….’ verbs are usually utilized in all these descriptions.

The usage of these grammar buildings on this discourse perform permits writers to simply describe all the above. The position of this discourse perform will be to introduce and clarify concepts and matters, for instance, within the introduction. I consider it gives the reader with an summary. I additionally suppose description could also be utilized in different components of the educational textual content the place required.

four.2. Definition

Jordan (1999, pp. 34-35) believes that definition is essential in educational writing. He claims definition makes our concepts clear to the reader. He gives an instance sentence construction which can be utilized as follows:

(A trainer is an individual who imparts information or offers instruction to at the very least one particular person.)

Hamp-Lyons and Heasley (2006, pp. 50-51) consider definitions are crucial as a result of readers might not all the time have a great information of a specialised subject. For that reason, they outline definitions as “the fundamental instrument for guaranteeing readability in referring to ideas. Definitions are essential as a result of wherever we write – and particularly after we write educational texts- we have to be clear”.

They counsel a basic construction of the definition that’s virtually the identical as Jordan. Nonetheless, in addition they counsel a easy construction that may flip what’s present in a dictionary into an educational definition. For instance the Cambridge On-line Dictionary states for (nuclear fusion):

(the method of becoming a member of two nuclei to supply vitality)

In educational writing the definition might be as follows:

(Nuclear fusion is a course of that joins two nuclei as a way to produce vitality)

This discourse perform performs an essential position. It helps the readers to know the that means of specific phrases that could be unknown to them. I additionally really feel that it makes the textual content extra understandable and unambiguous, and it will probably encourage the reader to proceed studying the textual content.

four.three. Narrative

Jordan (1999, p. 27) emphasises that the type of narrative is a necessary half in educational writing because the introductions to many items of educational writing include some sorts of “historic background or growth”. He defines narrative as an account or description of occasions previously which entails following an outline in chronological order.

He additionally factors out the language that’s generally utilized in narrative is previously easy energetic equivalent to (it recognised / they discovered) and previous easy passive equivalent to (it was established / it was constructed….) and previous excellent energetic (it had improved ….).

The next phrases and phrases may help to create good chronological order which is a vital half in narration:

  1. Sequence: Firstly, secondly, after that, then,………….lastly.
  2. Connectives: earlier than, after, when, whereas, throughout, as quickly as …………

The position of this discourse perform is to offer a logical sequence of an motion or occasion. Thus it can make the textual content extra organised and coherent. It has a number of similarities to “description” and I’d contemplate it as a sort of description as a result of it describes occasions in sequence.

four.four.   Trigger and impact

Jordan (1999, p. 58) states that many occasions and actions are sometimes linked by trigger and impact in educational writing. He feels that the language that’s used to make cause-effect relationships performs an essential position of making a great educational textual content. He exhibits probably the most vital connectives of this discourse perform as proven beneath.

due to this fact, so, in consequence, as a consequence,

1.   trigger  (;)      +       accordingly, for that reason,                                +         impact

due to this, thus, therefore ,

For instance,

Alex labored laborious; due to this fact/ accordingly /thus /……, he bought a excessive mark

2.   As a result of, as, since   +   trigger (Verb phrase),   impact

Resulting from, due to   + trigger (Noun phrase),   impact

For instance,

As a result of /as /since James labored laborious, he bought a excessive mark.

Resulting from / due to working laborious, James bought a excessive mark

three.  Trigger   +      causes, ends in, results in, produces     + impact

For instance,

Learning laborious results in excessive marks.

As well as, the impact might be named earlier than the trigger or vice versa as observe:

Y (impact)   is brought on by X (trigger)

Many deaths are brought on by air air pollution. (Passive verb)

X (trigger) causes Y (impact)

Air air pollution causes many deaths. (Lively verb)

The position of this discourse perform is to elucidate why one thing occurs. It helps to influence the reader of the author’s viewpoint by giving the explanations behind his speculation. It is vitally essential to assist our argument by offering proof consisting of trigger and impact.

four.5.   Comparability and distinction

Jordan (1999, p. 51) focuses on the importance of comparability and distinction in most educational topics particularly after we research tables and different statistical data. He provides that it’s important to level out the similarities and variations in such texts. In my expertise, comparability and distinction assist the reader comprehend the textual content by making the thought very clear. I really feel that they contribute to creating the textual content coherent. Highlighting the details can information the reader to probably the most related and essential data.

Jordan (1999, p. 56) suggests quite a lot of buildings and vocabulary aids and Hamp-Lyons and Heasley (2006, p. 39) additionally add some examples. The usage of these will be exemplified as follows:

(Crime charges are significantly greater in London than in different smaller cities in England.)

(Mount Everest is the best mountain within the World however it’s not the tallest. Mauma Kea in Hawaii is four,436 toes taller.)

‘The delivery fee in England and France are the identical.’

These examples present equivalence (i.e. the identical), non-equivalence (i.e. not the identical) and one merchandise in contrast with a gaggle (i.e. the perfect, probably the most, the best). It’s apparent that the language that’s used depends on comparative or superlative statements.

This discourse perform has two essential capabilities. The primary is to point out the similarities and variations in concepts or information which has already been introduced or, it may be launched as new data. The second is to spotlight probably the most vital variations which give weight to an argument.

four.6.   Argument

Jordan (1986, p. 66) thinks that argument could be very vital in educational writing. He claims that it’s the method that writers talk about optimistic and unfavorable factors a couple of particular thought. The writers must assess the completely different opinions, evaluating and contrasting, and ultimately give their views.

Hamp-Lyons and Poole (2006, p. 104) say “information is created by unique analysis, and unique analysis requires unique considering. If somebody is to suppose initially, they must suppose critically and have the ability to argue”. They consider that it’s important that the educational argument begins with a thesis that’s debatable. In different phrases, it’s an thought you consider in, however different folks may disagree. He additionally states that the writers’ objective is to influence their readers of the correctness of their thesis by offering proof.

In my view, there is no such thing as a educational writing with out argument because it focuses on an educational downside and wherever we have now an issue, we have now completely different opinions. Consequently, we have now an argumentation.

Hamp-Lyons and Heasley (2006, p. 109) point out examples of the language of argument that can be utilized together with, argumentative verbs, emotionally charged phrases, personalization utilizing pronouns, formulaic phrases and connectives.

‘Some folks strongly agree that the dying penalty is truthful, alternatively, I consider this isn’t the case’.

‘In my expertise this concept has positively modified’.

Argument is a vital discourse perform as a result of it’s used to point out that the author agrees or disagrees with one thing, somebody or an thought. It’s a method of displaying how or why the author agrees or disagrees by offering causes or examples to show a speculation.

four.7    Exemplification

Jordan (1999, p. 39) proclaims that exemplification is beneficial in definitions.  I agree with him on this level however I additionally suppose it’s extra helpful after we use it to assist our argument. I consider that exemplification is the gateway to persuade the readers of our viewpoint by offering examples

Jordan (1999, p. 32) mentions the favored language that’s used for this objective. Examples of its use can be:

‘A automobile is a method of transport used on roads equivalent to a automotive or a bus.’

‘Learning overseas could be very helpful when studying one other language. For instance, 90% of jobs have been obtained by individuals who spoke two languages’

‘Some folks argue that dying penalty is a good punishment. Treason that  results in killing 100 folks in…… an effective instance which helps this argument’

This discourse perform is helps the author with clarifying definitions. I can, as I’ve proven above be, used to assist an argument.

four.eight   Classification

“The classification is generally made in keeping with criterion or a number of standards (requirements or ideas on which judgments are primarily based”, (Jordan 1999, p. 43).

The commonest language utilized in texts which have classification as their objective will be seen within the following instance.

‘There are three classes inside this group and they are often categorized as……I’ll talk about them additional within the subsequent part.’

This discourse perform’s position is printed by Jordan who states that we want classification after we divide issues into lessons or teams. Classification can be utilized at first of an essay as a method of sub-dividing matters which will probably be mentioned. This can be a type of ‘mapping’ and it helps information the reader.

5. The challenges that may come up from such traits and capabilities for Arab college students

There are numerous challenges which come up from the traits and language discourse capabilities for non-native audio system of English. Paltridge (2004: 88) discusses the work of Ballard and Clanchy (1997), which says educational writing is more durable for non-native audio system since they lack familiarity with English. Al-Mukhareg (1985, p. four) states that mom tongue interference causes most of challenges in educational writing. Moreover, I additionally consider that the rationale these challenges come up is mostly due to digital illiteracy. I’ll give attention to the commonest challenges that I encountered since my mom tongue is Arabic. My dialogue will depend on a few of Al-Mukhareg’s concepts in addition to my very own expertise as a learner of English for ten years and as an English trainer for 4 years in Jordanian Ministry of Training.

5.1. Punctuation and spelling

Punctuation is essential because it helps the reader to know textual content. In different phrases, the reader will probably be confused if he reads an unpunctuated textual content. Arab college students discover it tough to make use of commas and full stops resulting from them getting used much less continuously in Arabic. Arabic additionally favours lengthy sentences joined by ‘and’. Consequently, they face difficulties in using commas and full stops. For instance, in Arabic, we are able to exchange commas by dashes and full stops by a collection of dots like the next sentences:

‘First——- we went to high school.’ for ‘First, we went to high school.’

‘I lived in England………. I used to be a pupil at Salford College.’ for ‘I lived in England. I used to be a pupil at Salford College.’

By way of spelling, Arabic doesn’t have capital letters, so Arab college students won’t capitalise the place crucial in English. For instance, ‘i lived in London. final yr, i went to york with my household’ for ‘I dwell in London. Final yr, I went to York with my household’. Furthermore, there aren’t any silent letters in Arabic; each letter that’s pronounced have to be spelt. As a consequence, Arab college students are inclined to guess the letter (e) on the finish of the phrase in English. English has a number of silent letters equivalent to ‘okay’ within the phrase ‘knight’, ‘w’ within the phrase ‘wceremony’, ‘e’ within the phrase ‘site‘. It’s apparent that any errors within the earlier phrases will make the that means of the next sentences unclear as observe:

‘I have no idea the place is the sit of…..’ for’ I have no idea the place is the location of…..’

‘I’ll ceremony / rit the essay.’ as a substitute of ‘I’ll write the essay’

‘I hope to be an evening’ for ‘I hope to be a knight.’

5.2. Misuse of phrases

Arab college students are inclined to misuse some English phrases. For instance, they’re confused about utilizing phrases equivalent to ‘additionally’ and ‘both’. They could say ‘Alex was not completely satisfied on the get together. He didn’t need to see Steph, additionally’ for ‘Alex was not completely satisfied on the get together. He didn’t need to see Steph, both’ as in Arabic, ‘additionally’ is used within the optimistic and unfavorable statements. Consequently, Arab college students might apply the Arabic rule into English whereas writing. In English, ‘additionally’ is just utilized in optimistic statements.

One other instance is the misuse of the verb ‘know’. Arab college students are more likely to make errors through the use of ‘know’, instead of ‘uncover’, ‘study’ or ‘discover out’ because the verb ‘know’ is used to imply ‘uncover’, ‘study’ and ‘discover out’ in Arabic as within the following sentences :

‘I’ll know English if I dwell in England’, for ‘I’ll study English if I dwell in England’

‘He’ll know his errors sooner or later’ for ‘He’ll uncover his errors sooner or later’

‘She’s going to know the options for her issues’ for ‘she’s going to discover out the options for her issues’

These statements are examples of how Arab college students may translate from their mom tongue into English.

5.three. Misuse of tense and omitting of the verb (to be)

Arab college students could make errors once they use steady tense kinds (current steady, previous steady, current excellent steady and future steady) with verbs which can be virtually by no means used within the steady kinds. These verbs embody state verbs equivalent to verbs of possession just like the verb ‘have’, verbs of notion just like the verb ‘hear’ and verbs of esteem just like the verb ‘love’. As an illustration, ‘they’re loving one another.’ for ‘they love one another‘. This downside might come up as the straightforward current and the straightforward current steady are expressed in the identical method. For instance,

  1. Ivan cuts the bushes. ايفن يقطع الاشجار             (Again translation – Ivan he-cuts the-trees)
  2. Ivan is chopping the bushes. ايفن يقطع الاشجار  (Again translation – Ivan he-cuts the-trees)

Arab college students are additionally accustomed to omitting the verb (to be). For instance, ‘This guide mine for ‘This guide is mine’. Each of them have the identical that means in Arabic /هذا الكتابُ لي /həðəlkɪtəbʊlɪ/. This sort of error could be made since there is no such thing as a equal to the English copula (to be) in Arabic. Due to this, Arab college students might apply the Arabic rule to English.

5.four. Process achievement and repetition

In Arabic, it’s preferable to jot down many statements earlier than going to the principle level. Due to this, Arab college students are all the time criticised for not going on to the principle goal of their educational work. In English, it is vitally essential to strategy the duty in a direct and environment friendly method. For that reason, Arab college students lose one of many essential traits in educational writing which is activity achievement.

By way of repetition, it’s regular to make use of phrases once more in a textual content in Arabic. It is usually ordinary to current the concepts a number of occasions. As well as, many Arab college students do not need giant English vocabulary financial institution since there’s a massive hole between these two languages. For instance, there is no such thing as a match between Arabic letters and English in any respect if we examine English with different languages equivalent to French and Spanish. For that reason, it is vitally tough for Arab college students to memorise a number of English phrases.

Nonetheless, as compared with English, this isn’t the case. We have now to keep away from repeating our concepts and utilizing the identical phrases a number of occasions within the textual content.

5.5. Referencing

In English, we have now to jot down some details about the creator contained in the textual content both earlier than the citation or after paraphrasing. As well as, we are able to use footnotes in English. Trzeciak (2000, p. 60) factors out that footnotes can be utilized to offer further explanations of the author’s work inside the principle a part of the textual content. In Arabic nevertheless, this isn’t the case. We have now to make use of footnotes by placing completely different indicators, that are normally raised quantity, earlier than or after the quotations. Then, we write the details about the creator within the footnotes. We do not need to jot down any details about the creator contained in the textual content.

5.6. Digital illiteracy

Arab college students can utilise digital media such because the Web whereas writing an educational paper.  They will obtain articles, journals and books to assist them current a great piece of labor. Jarvis (2001, p. 208) figures out the essential significance of utilizing websites. He says “College students now have a spread of web sites providing language work and research abilities recommendation”.

It’s clear that English is the language of the web and since it’s thought-about as a overseas language in Arab international locations, they could have issues exploring and browsing the Web. They could not have the power to interpret some phrases and phrases which can make them keep away from utilizing the Web. I believe most Arab college students don’t use digital media because of the downside of not understanding English.

Another excuse which will trigger digital illiteracy is the shortage of expertise that Arab college students have in exploiting digital fields. We aren’t usually requested to make use of the Web whereas we’re undergraduates due to the limitation of Web entry in Arabic universities as compared with European ones.

6. Conclusion

To conclude, it’s clear that “good educational writing” occupies many researchers discovering out about its essential traits and the position that language discourse capabilities play in such texts. Lots of these researchers equivalent to Jordan, Anderson, Hamp-Lyons and Trzeciak additionally level out the issues that college students might face, particularly Arabic college students to attain accuracy in writing educational texts. These options will be utilised by the writers to attract their readers’ consideration to observe the event of the argument. Lastly, I strongly agree with the essential significance of getting the traits above particularly having a logical argument all through the textual content.


Many because of Mr Huw Jarvis who helped me enhance my educational writing abilities on the English for Educational Functions Module at Salford College.

I’m additionally grateful to my shut buddy, Faisal Albisher, for the whole lot.


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Written by

Abdel Rahman Mitib Altakhaineh

MA pupil, Utilized Linguistics, College of Salford, UK.


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