International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijll

Thematic Progression in Iraqi Scientific Articles
Marwa Alaa' Al-Bazzaz, Aws Nasri Al-Shajlawi

This paper investigates the use of thematic progression in scientific articles written by Iraqi EFL learners of English language, in the hope that it would be helpful for teachers of writing non-native speakers students. This study employs the descriptive qualitative method to analyze the collected data. Since thematic progression plays an important role in structuring and organizing discourse and it is considered as a bridge that connects sentence level to the discourse level to produce a cohesive text. So this paper deals with the analysis of professional scientific essays written by Iraqi EFL learners in two different disciplines (Medicine and Engineering). DaneŇ° thematic progression patterns are used as a model of analysis in this study. The findings of the study shows that simple linear is the most used one while derived and split is less used one. This study concludes that the researchers faced a difficulty in presenting a well organized text.

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