The coherence of argumentative compositions by English Department students

Widjaja, Anastasia Maya Sari (2008) The coherence of argumentative compositions by English Department students. Undergraduate thesis, Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya.

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Abstract

Writing is one of the subjects offered to the students in the English Department at Widya Mandala University. The Writing course, is compulsory subject, including Writing course 1, Writing course 2, and Writing course 3. Writing course 3 provides students with the knowledge and skills to produce and to write good argumentative compositions. A good composition is the one that creates a clear impression of coherence. It must be coherent in two levels, in the whole composition (overall composition level) and in each paragraph (paragraph level). This study is aimed at analyzing the coherence of argumentative compositions of English Department of Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya. The focus of this study was to find whether the students have been able to write coherent argumentative compositions or not. The data of the study were taken from the final test’s argumentative compositions of English Department of Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya. The subjects of this study were students who took Writing course 3 in the academic year 2005/2006 in the English Department at Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya. The key instrument was the writer. Based on the data analyzed, it demonstrated four student’s argumentative compositions were written incoherent paragraph. It happened because the students' argumentative compositions were written more than one unrelated supporting detail in a paragraph. The writer also found out that the incoherence in the paragraph level affected the whole composition. Another finding is that four students’ argumentative compositions were written incoherent. In line with the findings, the following suggestions are proposed: 1). For teaching argumentative composition. The students should give good and bad argumentative compositions to be analyzed. Then, the students are asked to produce their own argumentative compositions. 2). For further research. Another researcher will be better to use the subjects of this study more than a class. In addition, other researchers can analyze the coherence in different types of compositions besides of argumentative composition.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coherence, composition, argumentative composition, paragraph, thesis statement, topic sentence, supporting details
Subjects: English Education
Divisions: Faculty of Teacher Training and Education > English Education Study Program
Depositing User: EK Lengkonosari PN
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2015 05:29
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2015 05:29
URI: http://repository.wima.ac.id/id/eprint/2836

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