The effect of picture story in creating textual coherence in narrative genre

Alidoost, Y. and Tabatabaei, S. and Bakhtiarvand, M. (2014) The effect of picture story in creating textual coherence in narrative genre. Theory and Practice in Language Studies, 4 (2). pp. 359-365. ISSN 1799-2591

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Writing skill develops slowly and lags some way behind other skills EFL learners of English have difficulty organizing their ideas at clause and text level to produce a coherent text. Given this, the study was an attempt to examine the effect of picture story on the organization of ideas in the narrative text. Participants (n= 60) were divided into two experimental and control groups. Then the Experimental and control groups were invited to produce a narrative text with and without pictures respectively. When the texts were analyzed, it was revealed that in the texts produced with pictures, the number of NPs to begin an episode outnumbered those produced without pictures. It is more common in English to begin a new episode with an NP and then in the next mentions use a pronoun to create a more smooth text to reduce the cognitive load on readers and/or listeners. Also a close examination of the data revealed that pictures contributed to focus the subjects' attention on the text organization of narrative genre in terms of relating events in the text by employing temporal/causal relations to create semantic relations in the text. The statistical analysis of a Matched t-test, by applying SPSS version 13, was performed and it was revealed that the mean differences between the performances in the two tasks were meaningful, rejecting the null hypothesis and confirming the hypothesis that picture story helps to create coherence in the narrative text in terms of organization. © 2014 ACADEMY PUBLISHER Manufactured in Finland.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: A Arts and Humanities > Linguistics
Depositing User: Arshiya Kousar
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2019 10:37
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