Exploring the Interaction of EFL Student Writers with SFL-based Teaching and Teacher-written Feedback


  • Xiaodong Zhang Beijing Foreign Studies University

Palabras clave:

Systemic functional linguistics, teacher-written feedback, academic writing, meaning making


This case study explored how student writers interact with teaching based on systemic functional linguistics (SFL) and with teacher-written feedback. The data used in the study consisted of English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) students’ interviews, written documents, and teacher-written feedback collected at a Chinese university writing classroom over one academic year. The qualitative analysis of the study data showed that through the instruction of SFL, the students came to understand and practice writing as a meaning-making process although their understanding and practice of such were constrained by diverse factors (e.g., the difficulty of the new knowledge and genre-specific demands). More importantly, the SFL-based teacher-written feedback gradually helped enhance the students’ understanding of SFL’s meaning making as well as their follow-up management of contextually appropriate language resources in refining their written compositions. The study concluded that despite the challenges involved, integrating SFL-based teaching with teacher-written feedback seemed to help the students in the study re-conceptualize their writing and navigate writing effectively as a meaning-making process.

Biografía del autor/a

Xiaodong Zhang, Beijing Foreign Studies University

Xiaodong Zhang is an associate professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University, China. He holds a PhD degree in Linguistics (University of Georgia, U.S.). His research interests include teacher education, second language writing and systemic functional linguistics. His work has appeared in international journals, such as Linguistics and Education, Asian-pacific Education Researcher, Language and Education (forthcoming), Applied Linguistics Review (forthcoming), and Journal of International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning.



Cómo citar

Zhang, X. (2021). Exploring the Interaction of EFL Student Writers with SFL-based Teaching and Teacher-written Feedback. Revista Signos. Estudios De Lingüística, 54(106). Recuperado a partir de https://revistasignos.cl/index.php/signos/article/view/450