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Title:The Acquisition of Textual Cohesion in French as a Foreign Language by Secondary School Students in Kenya
Author:Ogutu, James N.
Year:2003
Periodical:Humanities Review Journal
Volume:3
Issue:2
Pages:36-57
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:multilingualism
language instruction
French language
syntax
secondary education
Education and Oral Traditions
Abstract:The acquisition of the skill of writing always takes place in a given language and in a precise context. Learning to write in one's mother tongue is very different from learning to write in a foreign language. The author brings to light the experiences of Kenyan secondary school students who are in their third year (200 hours) of learning French as a foreign language. The studied group already possesses good writing and oral skills in three languages: English, Kiswahili and the mother-tongue (vernacular). In a corpus of narrative texts collected among students of two secondary schools in Nairobi, the author analyses the use of markers of nominal cohesion (anaphors). With due attention to the context of learning he also considers the influence of other languages on this learning process and makes some pedagogical observations/recommendations on the basis of his findings. Bibliogr., online sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]