English Australia Journal : English Australia Journal 27.1
EA Journal Volume 27 No 1 13 I know opportunity, I know strategy, I am not quite sure about regarded. [I ] didn’t use them because [I] didn’t pay attention to these words because they were not underlined. She added: Um, if the teachers underlining the words it might be a little more helpful. Because the students will pay more attention. Yes will make student try to use it. The source text provided encounters with some words that Jing would have liked to have included in her essay. She remarked on ‘claims of future economic’ from Slightly Greener because it was interesting to her. The whole sentence was: ‘It is possible that claims of future economic disaster because of carbon constraints are not realistic.’ Jing felt that the phrase ‘claims of something because of something’ was quite a complex way of expressing an idea and was therefore worth considering including in a future piece of work. Ivy found words in the essay that she thought she could well make use of in future. She said: Allocated – will be the word coming out. After that writing, I will try to use it in the future. Sandy identified some words as possibly good resources for either using in the essay task or using in the future. She selected a non-target word from the text - ‘exhale’ - as a likely candidate for use in the future but at the time of writing she said she was not sure exactly of the use, so stopped and didn’t use it. Similarly, fuel and issue were seen as good words but she could not find a sentence to use them in. The inclusion of target words in the writing task also appears in some cases to have prompted the selection and use of a more specialised word, emission, instead of a higher frequency word, release, which is more vague and less exact (Corson, 1997). On this point, Jing said: Mmm, because I just found like you know when they say use emission of greenhouse gases I think that must be the best way to say reduce... you know release those gas into the air so that must be the proper word to say to describe the gas control. Perhaps the use of the target word demanded a particular context or expression of an idea that was closely tied to the source text. Sandy had to use the target word emit because no other word would fit the idea that she wanted to express. This decision- making process around vocabulary involved evaluating words against each other for relevance to studies and usefulness.
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