The Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics in China(CRALC), the School of English, and the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) are pleased to invite you to the following public lecture presented by Dr Xinghua (Kevin) Liu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Title: Towards a Multidimensional and Ecological View of Contrastive Rhetoric Research between English and Chinese
About the lecture
Since Kaplan's (1966) pioneering work on the examination of paragraph organization of ESL students' compositions, numerous English-Chinese contrastive rhetoric studies have been carried out, most of which have revolved around the debate of whether English writing is direct/deductive while Chinese writing and English writing produced by Chinese EFL/ESL learners are indirect/inductive. Due to divergent and, on many occasions inadequate, research design, this line of enquiry has produced many conflicting results and has become one of the "myths" (You and Liu 2009: 41) haunting English-Chinese contrastive rhetoric research. Through addressing the inadequacies in research design in many previous studies in this line of enquiry, the current study adopted an improved research design and examined this phenomenon from a multidimensional perspective.
About the speaker
Xinghua (Kevin) Liu is a Lecturer of Applied Linguistics at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China and the Chief Editor of TESOL Journal (published by Asian EFL Journal group). He obtained his Ph.D degree in 2012 from the University of Reading, United Kingdom and his research interests include second language acquisition, systemic functional linguistics, corpus linguistics and psycholinguistics.