Title

Assessing pre-service teaching practicum :a corpus-assisted discourse analysis of field experience supervision forms

Year of Award

2014

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Faculty of Arts.

Principal Supervisor

Lam, Phoenix

Keywords

Corpora (Linguistics), Discourse analysis, Evaluation, Teaching

Language

English

Abstract

This study analyses the moves, linguistic realisations and mitigation devices of four teaching practicum supervisors' cmmnents written to eighteen supervisees on fifty- four standard field experience supervision forms. Broadly speaking, the results reveal that the supervisors use evaluative adjectives, modality markers and imperatives to give praise and acknowledge good practice, identify weaknesses, and suggest improvements in relation to teaching and managing learning. As the supervision exercise can be face-threatening, the supervisors demonstrate sensitivity to redress their negative comments through such mitigation strategies as hedging, praise-criticism pairs, rhetorical questions and personal attributions, although the strengths of such devices may vary according to contextual issues. These findings enable readers to understand how the pragma-linguistic resources realise two global communicative purposes, i.e., "Assessment of Learning" and "Assessment for Learning".

Comments

Thesis (Master of Arts)--Hong Kong Baptist University, 2014.;Principal supervisor: Dr. Phoenix Lam.;Includes bibliographical references (pages 83-90)

Copyright

The author retains all rights to this work. The author has signed an agreement granting HKBU a non-exclusive license to archive and distribute their thesis.

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