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The Yearbook of the Estonian Mother Tongue Society

Akadeemiliste väljendite varamu – keeleressurss, mis on abiks kirjutama õppimisel ja õpetamisel; pp. 279–289

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Anni Jürine


Academic phrase bank for writing in Estonian: a language resource to aid in the learning and teaching of writing

The present paper gives an overview of the Academic Phrase Bank for Writing in Estonian. The phrase bank is a language resource that supports the thesis writing process. The phrase bank is primarily intended to be used as a pedagogical tool during the supervision process, the resource can also be used by students independently.
The phrase bank is a publicly available resource ( which includes approximately 750 expressions in Estonian. The expressions are organized according to their function (e.g. stating the aim, indicating a gap, introducing the method, making conclusions, etc.), which are in turn connected to the three major sections in the Estonian thesis (Introduction, Main Body, and Conclusion).
The phrase bank has been compiled based on empirical analysis of Bachelor and Master’s theses defended at the University of Tartu in 2013–2017. The semi-random sample consisted of 200 theses, divided equally between the four faculties of the university – Humanities and Arts, Social Sciences, Science and Technology, and Medical Sciences. As such, the phrases in the phrase bank are not associated with any particular field or discipline, but with the academic register in general. All the original content has been removed and the phrase bank only presents academic expressions, such as the aim of the present thesis is to, the remainder of the paper is structured as follows, these results indicate.
The phrase bank is developed for students writing in Estonian as L1 as well as L2, and primarily supports thesis writing at bachelor and master level. This language resource is also useful for users writing in other academic genres, such as essays or research articles.


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