Identifying Pedagogical Implications for Teaching Application Letter: Learning from an Expert Text
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- application letter, expert text, textual comparative analysis, Systemic Functional Linguistics
Job application letter is a type of short functional text learnt by secondary school students. The ability to write a convincing and persuading job application letter is important for students to attain their intended job after graduating. Yet, the genre of an application letter is still less studied and there is little guidance on how to write the text to meet its communicative purposes. Thus, this study conducted a comparative analysis of an expert and student job application letter as well as the proposed pedagogical implication of how to teach to write an application letter. The analysis process employed Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) theory which includes the analysis of genre, register, discourse, and graphic features. The findings reveal that students have followed a sample genre of writing, but showed the need for improvement in the aspects of metafunction, conjunction, grammatical structures, spelling and punctuation accuracy. However, the most significant gap which was found between the expert and students’ texts is the students’ lack of ability to self-appraise. The study suggests that explicit instruction could raise the students’ awareness of using a persuasive register.
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TY - CONF AU - Yeni Latipah AU - Wawan Gunawan PY - 2020 DA - 2020/04/09 TI - Identifying Pedagogical Implications for Teaching Application Letter: Learning from an Expert Text BT - Proceedings of the Twelfth Conference on Applied Linguistics (CONAPLIN 2019) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 237 EP - 241 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.200406.048 DO - 10.2991/assehr.k.200406.048 ID - Latipah2020 ER -