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Iranian Students’ Preparation for IELTS: Development of Verbal Argumentative Texts

Show simple item record Moghaddam,Sharif Mickan,Peter 2018-07-25T09:24:52Z 2018-07-25T09:24:52Z 2014
dc.identifier.issn 2210-1578
dc.description.abstract Students whose first language is not English, for example ‘Iranian students’, seek to continue their education in English-speaking universities. They are required to sit for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as evidence of their language proficiency. Despite meeting the required IELTS band scores, a number of them face difficulties with academic requirements. This paper reports on a qualitative study of a formal IELTS (Academic Version) preparation course in Tehran for five months. The purpose of this study was to investigate class tasks that generate opportunities for producing verbal argumentative texts. The focus was on aspects of verbal argument literacy practices. Accordingly, sixteen adult candidates of both genders, who were holding ‘BA’ and ‘MA’ Degrees in different educational fields, were selected to participate in the study. The paper discusses the course which provided learners with opportunities: (a) to develop argumentative texts, (b) to utilize a range of linguistic resources in composing their texts, (c) to observe argumentative conventions in organizing and structuring their texts, and (d) to interpret, evaluate and elaborate arguments. However, based on the findings, the discourse knowledge that Other Than English as First Language (OTEFL) students bring with themselves into English-speaking universities may not be at an appropriate level for commencing university study as far as IELTS is concerned. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Bahrain en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International *
dc.subject literacy development en_US
dc.subject literacy socialization en_US
dc.subject Systemic Functional Linguistics en_US
dc.subject IELTS academic preparation practices en_US
dc.subject language proficiency en_US
dc.title Iranian Students’ Preparation for IELTS: Development of Verbal Argumentative Texts en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.volume 02
dc.issue 02
dc.source.title Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education
dc.abbreviatedsourcetitle JTTE

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