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Politeness strategies in the job application letter: Implications of Intercultural Rhetoric for designing writing feedback

Abstract : This paper makes the case that writing feedback on grammar error alone is ineffective. Designing more effective writing feedback requires drawing on a broader understanding of the writer's cultural context and present situation. The current study explores this context by using an Intercultural Rhetoric approach to examine job application letters written in English by a group of French-speaking undergraduates. A mixed research design was used to investigate the effectiveness of the politeness strategies used in their letters: a move-based lexico-grammatical analysis was combined with qualitative methods (group discussion, survey) to describe the devices students used to express politeness in the acts of requesting and thanking in job application letter endings, and to evaluate whether or not the strategies they chose were indeed 'polite'. Results underscore the fact that teaching politeness devices or grammar alone is far from sufficient to help NNE students improve their effectiveness in writing; writing feedback must be multimodal (oral, written, visual, behavioral). This study contributes to research on writing feedback using Intercultural Rhetoric research.
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Dacia Dressen-Hammouda. Politeness strategies in the job application letter: Implications of Intercultural Rhetoric for designing writing feedback. ASp - La revue du GERAS, revue.org (en ligne) / Bordeaux : GERAS (imprimé), 2013, 64, pp.139-159. ⟨10.4000/asp.3866⟩. ⟨hal-01012409⟩

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