Secondary school teachers expect students to write comprehensible paragraphs in their texts. However, an explicit way of teaching to write a paragraph doesn’t exist. This article describes a text analytic study of compliance with language norms in paragraphs in two genres: e-mails with a request and persuasive texts. It addresses the question to what extent the paragraphs of thirteen- and seventeen-year-old students comply with the paragraph norms constructed on the basis of Dutch professional advisory books. Our findings indicate that students in Dutch secondary school have difficulty writing adequate paragraphs. Our results additionally suggest that students’ paragraph skills increase over time and vary across genres.
|Translated title of the contribution
|What do the paragraphs of our students look like?: About the characteristics of paragraphs in e-mail messages and argumentative texts of secondary school students
|Number of pages
|Tijdschrift voor taalbeheersing
|Published - Nov-2021