WRITING WITH ATTITUDE: AN INVESTIGATION INTO STUDENTS’ WRITINGS IN A SECONDARY SCHOOL IN HA NAM
Drawing on Appraisal Framework (Martin & White, 2005), which is developed from Systemic Functional Linguistics Theory (hereafter SFL), this paper investigates how evaluative language is used in writing for middle school students. The data was collected from students' artifacts and questionnaires. Students needed to write two paragraphs on the same topic before and after they were introduced to attitudinal meaning through several lessons in the class. It is an action research project in which students were taught the English writing section with the focus on using evaluative language. The results revealed that students have gained a better understanding of the Appraisal Framework and know how to use evaluative language effectively in their writings after learning about it since they had considerably improved in vocabulary items through main components of Attitude and Graduation. In addition, the questionnaires showed students' reflection on using attitudinal tools in their writing and it reinforced the paper's outcomes mentioned above.