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The Influence of the Different Thinking Pattern between Chinese and English on English Writing

Author(s): Liangguang Huang | Xueqing Wang

Journal: Theory and Practice in Language Studies
ISSN 1799-2591

Volume: 1;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 390;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: thinking patterns | theme and rheme | thematic progression | English writing

Nowadays, people in the world communicate with each other more frequently. Whatever the oral or written form, the culture, especially the thinking pattern, has an obvious effect on the communication. The discourse just reflects this affection. Its form represents the social context of communication. On one hand, people with different cultural background use different discourse. On the other hand, different discourses construe different experience and communication. When we learn a new language, our native language always influences us. Our thinking patterns are conventional. Thus it proposes a new problem to our language teaching – how to write a perfect English composition? According to the study, the differences of the discourse organization between Chinese and American students are obvious. The compositions of American students are smooth and consistent while the ones of Chinese students are a little loose and dull. It is important to improve the ability of cross–cultural communication and the awareness. The students should know clearly that the negative–transfer of our mother tongue. Meanwhile, the discourse analytic approach is a good method applied in the English teaching. It can improve the students’ ability to analyze the discourse, arrange the sentences and understand the discourse from the entirety.
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