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Title: 
Task requirements and students’ perceptions of prompts in an academic writing classroom
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Keywords: 
Academic writing
Task prompts
Students’ perceptions
Task requirements
Issue Date: 
2014
Citation: 
Pillai, A. D. (2014). Task requirements and students’ perceptions of prompts in an academic writing classroom. Malaysian Journal of ELT Research, 10(2), 82-106. Retrieved from http://journals.melta.org.my/index.php/majer/article/view/130
Abstract: 
The paper examines the research project task expectations of university student writers. It
offers a detailed analysis of the rhetorical Moves that are likely to occur in university-level
research paper prompts. The analysis highlights that while, some Moves such as Background
information and Assessment expectations are optional, others like Cognitive demands on
students are obligatory, and that an Overview of task and Procedural directions are desirable
traits of prompts. A transitivity analysis of the prompts, student interviews and reflections
revealed that despite the prescriptive tone and the heavy cognitive and rhetorical demands
made on student writers, the prompts did not alienate the novices who were on the whole
receptive to the requirements specified by the instructors.
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ISSN: 
1511-8002
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