EFL Academic writing: What should Dutch business communication students learn? Sandy Barasa, Elizabeth de Groot, Berna Hendriks, Frank van Meurs, Ulrike Nederstigt, Brigitte Planken Many Dutch university students are expected to read and write academic research papers in English. In this presentation, we discuss a number of areas of EFL academic writing that are relevant for first-year Dutch business communication students. These students need to become familiar with quantitative research in the field of international business communication (corpus analyses, experiments, surveys) and with the English conventions for reporting such research. The relevant areas of EFL academic writing include the conventions of empirical research articles and research posters in terms of structure, phrasing, tense use, expressing caution, and referencing. We will illustrate our discussion with examples of exercises from a course we have designed to enable students to practise the various areas. Our analysis of problem areas and our exercises build on textbooks on academic writing for EFL students (Swales & Feak, 2000, 2004; Weissberg, & Buker, 1990), including recent textbooks specifically aimed at Dutch learners (Bolt & Bruins, 2013; Van Loon et al, 2011).
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