EXPLORING THEME-RHEME SYSTEM IN EFL LEARNERS’ ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY: A PORTRAIT ON THE MODE OF DISCOURSE (A Research at English Language Teaching Department of Syekh Nurjati State Islamic Institute Cirebon)

Khanifa Imelda Fauziyanti, (2016) EXPLORING THEME-RHEME SYSTEM IN EFL LEARNERS’ ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY: A PORTRAIT ON THE MODE OF DISCOURSE (A Research at English Language Teaching Department of Syekh Nurjati State Islamic Institute Cirebon). Bachelor thesis, IAIN Syekh Nurjati Cirebon.

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Abstract

Khanifa Imelda Fauziyanti (14121310310) EXPLORING THEMERHEME SYSTEM IN EFL LEARNERS’ ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAYS: A PORTRAIT ON THE MODE OF DISCOURSE (A Research at English Language Teaching Department of Syekh Nurjati State Islamic Institute Cirebon) This study explored the issue on how EFL learners present their information through theme-rheme system as a portrait on the mode of discourse. The investigation was inspired by Halliday and Matthiessen (2014), Eggins (2004), and Emilia (2012). In writing process, students are not aware the roles of theme-rheme; they usually tend in writing text production though theme-rheme system affect in their ideas presentation. If they are aware of that roles, it will help them to present their ideas effectively. This study aimed on how theme-rheme system are realized by EFL learners in their argumentative essays as the flow of and to find out the information flow of discourse in EFL learners’ argumentative essays at English Langauge Teaching Department of Syekh Nurjati State Islamic Institute Cirebon. In term of argumentative essay, this is created by learners based on the article from Eben Kirksey under the title “Don’t use your data as a pillow.” Therefore, the technique of qualitative method is used to collect and identify the data or text. In addition, Frankle and Wallen (2009: 419) declared that the qualitative method addresses observation, interviewing and content analysis. In conducting this research, researcher identified the selected text through content analysis design because the research used texts to be identified and linguistics perspectives as the approach. According to Given (2008: 120) stated that content analysis is chosen because it is about research method to identify texts addresses the transcript of interview, speeches, text and other. The result of study reveals that EFL learners tend to use different ways in presenting the information in texts. First, in three selected texts, writers are able to apply three types of theme-rheme system, which are topical, interpersonal and ideational themes. Then, topical theme are prominent used to express ideational meaning which content is densely in nominal construction. It highly proved by in unmarked theme, nominal group is prominent than others. As Halliday and Matthiessen (2014:728) stated that “nominal group is the primary resource used by the grammar for packing lexical items at high density.” Second, researcher captured from second research findings about information flow of discourse created through thematic progression and higher level themes. From those way, it can be seen that three selected texts used higher level theme and three ways of thematic progression in presenting their information. However, its result was the two selected texts are not appropriate with the argumentative essay as the genre that readers expected. Keywords: Mode of Discourse, Theme-Rheme System, Argumentative Essays, and Information Flow of Discourse

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor)
Subjects: Pendidikan > Pendidikan (Umum)
Divisions: Fakultas Ilmu Tarbiyah dan Keguruan > 3. Tadris Bahasa Inggris
Depositing User: tuti alawiyah alawiyah
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2017 02:40
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2017 02:40
URI: http://repository.syekhnurjati.ac.id/id/eprint/2184

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