Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 15. Number 1, March 2024                        Pp.144-165
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol15no1.10

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Investigating Saudi EFL Female University Students’ Command of Journalistic Writing:
An SFL-based Study on Textual Organization

 Abdulmohsin A. Alshehri
Department of Languages and Translation
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Taibah University, Medina, Saudi Arabia
Email: aashehri@taibahu.edu.sa

Received:12/02/2023         Accepted:03/05/2024                 Published:03/20/2024

 Abstract:
This study examines written literacy outcomes among Saudi female university students undertaking an EFL journalistic course over fourteen weeks. It specifically aims to explore their competence in the English hard news genre. It, thus, seeks to address the following question: after completing the course, to what degree did students create texts structurally matching the conventional English news report? The significance of this study lies in its integration of media and education, employment of linguistic analysis based on Systemic Functional Linguistics, and use of English expert news reports for comparison with students’ journalistic texts. It deployed the genre-based pedagogy devised within the Sydney School to design the news writing course. Twenty-five students undertook such a course during the 2022 academic year. This study gathered those students’ writing to subject it to linguistic scrutiny, assessing each student over one news report after completing the course. It reports that, after the course, half of the class developed their ability to produce the genre of the standard English language hard news report. Those students created texts that matched the professional news articles in the corpus, thus effectively following the textual features of such a genre.
Keywords: Saudi EFL female university students, journalistic writing, SFL-based study, conventional
English news report, textual organization

Cite as:  Alshehri, A. A. (2024). Investigating Saudi EFL Female University Students’ Command of Journalistic Writing: An SFL-based Study on Textual Organization.  Arab World English Journal, 15(1): 144-165 DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol15no1.10

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Received: 12/02/2023  
Accepted: 03/05/2024 
Published: 03/20/2024  
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5459-4295
https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol15no1.10   

Dr. Abdulmohsin A. Alshehri is an assistant professor of Linguistics. He was awarded a doctorate degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia, after being awarded a master degree from the University of Adelaide, Australia. His research interests lie within the areas of applied linguistics, discourse analysis, educational linguistics, literacy development and ESL/EFL, genre-based pedagogy and Systemic Functional Linguistics. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5459-4295