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Master of Arts (MA) in English: Teaching English as a Second Language




This thesis contributes to the body of research on Arabic rhetoric. It specifically unites research on the elements of Arabic rhetoric of: main idea, development in body paragraphs, parallelism, and word repetition. It examines the rhetorical tendencies of native Arabic-speaking students from Saudi Arabia and one way these elements of Arabic rhetoric are reflected in essays as a whole written in English by Arabic-speaking students. This thesis also addresses the issue of whether or not Arabic rhetoric may be characterized by making multiple arguments or one argument. This study found one way that the four elements are connected together and that Arabic rhetoric may be characterized by one argument from one angle. This research also establishes preliminary work for one direction further research on Arabic rhetoric and related pedagogical implications for instructors of English.


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