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Revision Strategy and Self-Diagnosis in Italian L1 and L2 Argumentative Essays

Yahis Martari    Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, Italia    



The present study investigates the effects of Revision Strategy (RS) on Argumentative Essay (AE) writing. Specifically, the study provides an analysis of 58 short AEs written by L1 and L2 university students. Two different levels of errors are examined: linguistic (Spelling, (Morpho)syntax, Lexicon, Syntax, Punctuation) and structure (Text structure and Coherence) errors, in order to measure how RS influences the texts. The comparison between RS and non-RS samples shows a significant difference in favour of texts with RS. In fact, we can surmise that RS positively influences text production both in L1 and L2 writing. In the third section we provide a quantitative analysis of the errors and we find some common issues within the specific rhetorical and linguistic framework of AE.

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Keywords: Short argumentative essaySelf-regulationItalian for Academic PurposeRevision Strategy

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