Coherence in the Argumentative Essays of ADZU College Freshmen: Assessment of Writing Quality

Coherence in the Argumentative Essays of ADZU College Freshmen: Assessment of Writing Quality

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Coherence in the Argumentative Essays of ADZU College Freshmen: Assessment of Writing Quality

The study investigated coherence features in students’, argumentative essays for text comprehensibility and overall writing quality. Specifically, it examined (1) the textual features in students’, argumentative essays, (2) the comprehensibility of the students’, argumentative essays, and (3) the relationship between the textual features and the comprehensibility of the students’, argumentative essays and between the comprehensibility of the students’, argumentative essaysand the type of high school attended. Three techniques were used to analyze the data: a textualanalysis involving frequency count to identify the coherence features in the students’, texts, analytic and holistic scorings to evaluate textual features of coherence and comprehensibility,respectively, and correlational analysis to determine the relationship between the coherence features and the comprehensibility of the students’, essays and between the comprehensibility of the students’, essays and the type of high school the students attended. The findings indicate that the students’, argumentative essays manifested different characteristics of good writing and weremostly rated as moderately comprehensible. The results further reveal that the textual features of coherence showed significant positive correlations with comprehensibility. Conversely, the comprehensibility of the students’, argumentative essays did not show any significant relationship ,with the type of high school students attended.

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