Aspects of Cohesion and Coherence in Moroccan EFL Learners’ Written Discourse

  • Ahmed Sahlane


Writing is a recursive and dynamic process that involves a multitude of skills, strategies, and higher order cognitive processes. Practised EFL writers are observed to use conjunctive cohesion to enhance the overall communicability of their texts. While poor students preoccupy themselves with static maintenance of the topic (additive connexity), their good counterparts are more interested in developing the topic of their essays via signalling complex intersentential semantic relations (contrastive and causal connectedness). The difference also relates to the way student-writers incorporate the audience awareness in their discourse address, the way they address the rhetorical situation and fulfil the rhetorical task. Other features of students’ argumentation competence include ethical/rational appeal, the degree of knowledge sharedness assumed by the text and the extent to which the reader’s real knowledge is properly assessed by the writer.


Coherence Cohesion Argumentation Toulmin Topical structure analysis Rhetorical Teaching writing 


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  • Ahmed Sahlane
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  1. 1.University of JeddahJeddahSaudi Arabia

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