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ID : 398
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Title : Lexical Analysis of Engineering Papers: Development of e-Learning Materials for Engineering Students
Type : Paper (25 minutes)
Category : Individual session
Abstract :

Engineering colleges and institutes in Japan have globalized rapidly in recent years. The number of overseas students, non-Japanese professors and researchers, and lectures delivered in English has drastically increased. Now emphasis is increasingly being put on writing papers in English and some colleges require students to write their theses in English.

However, there are few learning materials available for Japanese graduate students to learn how to write an effective abstract. This study analyzes fifty abstracts written by Japanese graduate students majoring in the five major engineering disciplines: chemical engineering, applied physics, material engineering, architecture, and computer science and compare them with fifty abstracts written by professional researchers of the same disciplines, aiming to identify words and phrases overused and underused by graduate students and to develop new learning materials suitable for them.

The results show that graduate students tend to use ordinary common words more frequently while they tend to use technical words less frequently than professional researchers. The result of the correspondence analysis suggests that some graduate student groups use the high frequency words in a characteristic way. They also have a tendency to overuse particular sentence structures such as “it is found that” or “it is concluded that”.

Keywords : Engineering, Writing, Vocabulary
Conference theme : Application of technology to the language classroom
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Main presenter : Dr. Yuka Ishikawa
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Affiliation : Nagoya Institute of Technology (Kyoto, Japan)
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Biography :

Yuka Ishikawa is Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology. She received her Master’s Degree in Education from Kobe University, and her PhD in Language and Culture from Hiroshima Jogakuin University in 2003. Her research interests include language and gender, corpus linguistics, World Englishes and language teaching.



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Date added : Saturday, 16 March 2019, 12:44 AM [JST]
Date modified : Wednesday, 22 May 2019, 8:05 AM [JST]
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Submission status : Accepted
Schedule number : 240-P
Schedule day : Aug 9th (Fri)
Schedule time : 13: 50 - 14: 15
Schedule duration : 25 mins
Schedule room name : C301
Schedule room seats : 80 seats
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