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Oct 16, 2020 12:00 Noon - Aug 31, 2021 01:45 PM(Asia/Ho_Chi_Minh)
20201016T1200 20201016T1345 Asia/Ho_Chi_Minh Vietnamese scholars' difficulties in writing English academic papers for international publication

Writing for academic publication is an important activity for scholars to disseminate research findings to a wider audience and to contribute new knowledge to their field. With the dominance of English language in international publishing, scholars who use English as an Additional Language (EAL) can meet challenges in getting their research published in English-medium peer-reviewed academic journals. Previous studies have investigated the difficulties of EAL scholars in writing papers for international publication. However, there is a surprising dearth of research focusing on Vietnamese scholars whose low international publication output could be attributed to their limited English writing ability (Pho & Tran, 2016). This highlights the importance of an in-depth understanding of their writing problems in order to provide better English language support and to increase their participation in global scholarship. This presentation reports a study examining difficulties encountered by 10 Vietnamese scholars of different fields when writing papers for international publication. Data was collected from surveys, interviews, and various documents related to their publishing process, and then was analysed using thematic analysis. Findings showed that these scholars met various difficulties when preparing manuscripts for submission due to their lack of familiarity with English academic writing. Some of their difficulties were using academic register, communicating ideas clearly and concisely, and developing arguments logically. The findings of this study suggest the importance of English academic writing support to help Vietnamese scholars on their journey to successful publications. The presentation concludes with recommendations for teaching EAP in the Vietnamese context.

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Writing for academic publication is an important activity for scholars to disseminate research findings to a wider audience and to contribute new knowledge to their field. With the dominance of English language in international publishing, scholars who use English as an Additional Language (EAL) can meet challenges in getting their research published in English-medium peer-reviewed academic journals. Previous studies have investigated the difficulties of EAL scholars in writing papers for international publication. However, there is a surprising dearth of research focusing on Vietnamese scholars whose low international publication output could be attributed to their limited English writing ability (Pho & Tran, 2016). This highlights the importance of an in-depth understanding of their writing problems in order to provide better English language support and to increase their participation in global scholarship. This presentation reports a study examining difficulties encountered by 10 Vietnamese scholars of different fields when writing papers for international publication. Data was collected from surveys, interviews, and various documents related to their publishing process, and then was analysed using thematic analysis. Findings showed that these scholars met various difficulties when preparing manuscripts for submission due to their lack of familiarity with English academic writing. Some of their difficulties were using academic register, communicating ideas clearly and concisely, and developing arguments logically. The findings of this study suggest the importance of English academic writing support to help Vietnamese scholars on their journey to successful publications. The presentation concludes with recommendations for teaching EAP in the Vietnamese context.

Lecturer of English language
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Hung Vuong University
No moderator for this session!
Ms. Ha Nguyen
Lecturer
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Sai Gon University
Associate Professor
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Mahidol University
lecturer
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Academy of Journalism and Communication
Ms. Nguyen  Loan
Vice Head of Division of English Linguistics and Culture Studies
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Hung Vuong University
lecturer
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Faculty of Foreign Languages - University of Dalat
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