Abdulmohsin Alshehri

Postgraduate Research Student

Thesis Title

A meta-methodological study for assessing and measuring English media literacy development in EFL university student writing (a Saudi Arabian perspective)



The main objective of my research is to explore a methodology for tracking trajectories of literacy development among Saudi university students undertaking an EFL course focused on developing skills in the writing of journalistic texts. This exploration is undertaken in the context of a term-length news writing course targeted at advanced EFL Saudi students and by means of close SFL-based linguistic analysis of their writing. This analysis is employed to track changes in the students use of certain linguistic features and compare them with typical usage patterns of the same features in a reference corpus of published journalistic texts.