Metadiscourse in Indonesian EFL Learners’ Persuasive Texts: A Case Study at English Department, UNISBANK

Katharina Rustipa


Writing competence facilitates the students’ success in their study. In order to produce a coherent text, a writer needs to employ sufficient metadiscourse markers. This study attempted to investigate the use of metadiscourse markers in 7 Indonesian EFL learners’ Persuasive writings. The study is descriptive, applying a quantitative method to support a qualitative analysis. The research results reveal that the occurrences of textual marker types in EFL learners’ Persuasive texts are overall closely similar to those at considered as standard proficient writing (extract from BAWE corpus), while those of interpersonal marker types are different from the standard proficient writing . Since the occurrences of interpersonal marker types are different from those at BAWE corpus in terms of hedges, boosters, engagement markers, the teacher needs to give more practice in teaching the interpersonal metadiscourse markers. Metadiscourse analysis can be a strategy to make the students aware of the important role of metadiscourse markers.

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