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20201016T1200 20201016T1345 Asia/Ho_Chi_Minh Cohesion Mistakes in VSTEP Writing Papers of the Second Year EFL Students

VSTEP, the first-ever Vietnamese standardized test of English proficiency, was nationally released on March 2015 and considered a graduation requirement at some universities in Vietnam. The tests evaluate students' four language skills namely listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Especially, task 2 writing tests are marked based on cohesion criteria which contribute to the overall meaning of the text. However, a few research studies have been conducted to investigate cohesion mistakes in VSTEP writing papers, which have a far-reaching effect on candidates' writing score. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to analyze and examine cohesion mistakes related to transition signals and references in academic writing. Eighty VSTEP-oriented essay writing papers of the second year EFL students at University of foreign language studies – the University of Danang were collected randomly. Data collection then was analyzed to see what types of cohesion mistakes students made and frequency of errors. The study makes use of both qualitative and quantitative information employing descriptive method. In terms of transition signals-related mistakes, the findings reveal that common ones are repetition, overuse, or lack of transition signals, even misuse of linking devices in adequate meaning and formal register. Also, unclear referencing and improper use of reference are found. On the basis of the findings, some implications and suggestions on cohesion teaching and cohesion self-check strategies when doing VSTEP writing test were put forward.

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VSTEP, the first-ever Vietnamese standardized test of English proficiency, was nationally released on March 2015 and considered a graduation requirement at some universities in Vietnam. The tests evaluate students' four language skills namely listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Especially, task 2 writing tests are marked based on cohesion criteria which contribute to the overall meaning of the text. However, a few research studies have been conducted to investigate cohesion mistakes in VSTEP writing papers, which have a far-reaching effect on candidates' writing score. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to analyze and examine cohesion mistakes related to transition signals and references in academic writing. Eighty VSTEP-oriented essay writing papers of the second year EFL students at University of foreign language studies – the University of Danang were collected randomly. Data collection then was analyzed to see what types of cohesion mistakes students made and frequency of errors. The study makes use of both qualitative and quantitative information employing descriptive method. In terms of transition signals-related mistakes, the findings reveal that common ones are repetition, overuse, or lack of transition signals, even misuse of linking devices in adequate meaning and formal register. Also, unclear referencing and improper use of reference are found. On the basis of the findings, some implications and suggestions on cohesion teaching and cohesion self-check strategies when doing VSTEP writing test were put forward.

Vice Rector
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University of Foreign Language Studies - The University of Danang
Lecturer
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University of Foreign Language Studies – The University of Da Nang
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Mrs. Quynh Nguyen
Lecturer
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Thai Nguyen University of Sciences
lecturer
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University of Foreign Language Studies, UDN
Dean
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Haiphong University of Management and Technology
Ms. Thanh Do
Lecturer
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Vietnam National University
Mr. Thinh Tran
English Teacher Student
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University of Foreign Language Studies - The University of Danang
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