A Corpus-based Exploration into the Sentence Development in EFL Writing in China

Chang-zhong SHAO


Based on a self-built corpus, this research aims to explore whether the English writing proficiency in sentences of college English majors in China has been improved according to the mean length of sentences, the usage of coordinating conjunctions and subordinating conjunctions. WordSmith 4.0 is employed as the retrieval program. The survey found that the subjects do significant improvement in their compositions in the aspects of the mean length of sentences and the usages of subordinating conjunctions. No obvious changes of the usages of coordinating conjunctions have been observed. The variety of conjunctions is not enough.


Corpus, Sentence development, EFL in China


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