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Using 'On the contrary': the conceptual problems for EAP students

Lake, John (2004) 'Using 'On the contrary': the conceptual problems for EAP students.' ELT Journal, 58 (2). pp. 137-144.

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In academic writing, non-native speakers tend to misuse the phrase 'on the contrary', confusing it with 'on the other hand'. Sources of guidance in English almose invariably describe it as a phrase of contrast or contreadiction. This may apply to how the phrase is normally used in dialogue, but an analysis of the phrase as usually encountered in written academic discourse suggests that such an explanation is not helpful. This has implications for EAP teachers and students. In explaining the phrase, teachers need to focus less on its conceptual meaning and more onthe common features of its lexico-syntactical context. Students can then have a checklist of those features that should be present for its appropriate use, which would help them towards correct production in their own writing.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies (IFCELS)
ISSN: 09510893
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1093/elt/58.2.137
Depositing User: John Lake
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2010 15:45
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/8168


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