Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Vol.6. No.3 September  2015                                 Pp. 30 – 46
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol6no3.2

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A study of Cohesion in International Postgraduate Students’ Multimodal Management Accounting Texts 

 Hesham Suleiman Alyousef
Department of English Language and Literature
Faculty of Arts
King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

Suliman Mohammed Alnasser
Department of English Language and Literature
Faculty of Arts
King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

 

 

Abstract:
This study investigates the key multimodal academic literacy and numeracy practices of five international postgraduate students enrolled at an Australian university. Specifically, it aims to provide an account of the salient textual and the logical patterns through the analysis of cohesive devices in a key topic in the Management Accounting course, namely budgeting schedules. The research study employs a Systemic Functional Multimodal Discourse Analysis (SF-MDA) of texts (Alyousef, 2013, 2015; Alyousef & Mickan, forthcoming). This approach is framed by Halliday’s (1985) Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) approach and Halliday & Hasan’s(1976) cohesion analysis schemes. SFL provides powerful analytical tools for foregrounding the processes through which students construct disciplinary specific knowledge in a community through academic literacies. Lexical cohesion formed the largest percentage of use, and in particular repetition of the same lexical items, followed by reference.The findings contribute to the description of the meaning-making processes in these multimodal artefacts. They provide a potential research tool for similar multimodal investigations across a broad range of educational settings. Implications of the findings are finally presented.
Keywords: business discourse, cohesion analysis; literacies; literacy practice research; management accounting; multimodal; numeracy practices; SFL; SF-MDA; systemic functional multimodal discourse analysis

Cite as: Alyousef, H. S., & Alnasser, S. M. (2015). A study of Cohesion in International Postgraduate Students’ Multimodal Management Accounting Texts. Arab World English Journal, 8 (3).
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol6no3.2

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Dr. Hesham Suleiman Alyousef is an assistant professor in the Department of English
Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. His
research focuses on Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL), academic literacies, metadiscourse,
reading comprehension, syllabus design, multimodal discourse analysis (MDA) and the use of
Web 2.0 technology in higher education. Dr Hesham has over 25 years of experience in teaching
ESL/EFL. He is currently supervising postgraduate students and working on research projects
and papers.