The article contributes knowledge about functional aspects of adult second-language students working with writing feedback and argumentative texts. It was conducted in basic adult education, which is underrepresented in writing pedagogy research. The material consists of recorded feedback discussions in small groups and the student texts the discussions were based on. The study highlights the aspects of text the students focused on in the discussions and the aspects that could further strengthen the argumentation. In the analysis, systemic-functional genre theory is used. The result shows that the students identified areas of improvement based on the genre structure the teaching had focused on. However, the students had difficulties in identifying how the genre structure could be developed in a functional way. The study gives theoretical tools to highlight patterns of language on a local text level to support second-language students writing development.
Författare: Hanna Sandgaard-Ekdahl och Robert Walldén