Organizing the Literature Review

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Organizing the literature review - When writing your literature review, you will need to think carefully about how to organize your information.

Exercise: Sentences from a literature review are given below. The sentences are not in the correct order.

Put the sentences in the correct order and then explain how you arrived at the correct answer.

Literature Review on Second Language Learning:

A. ________ Henderson (1990) interviewed 300 college freshmen in New York and found that females generally pick up second language structures more quickly than males.

B. ________ Lusman (1995) reported that enrollment in Spanish as a second language classes was rising for both males and females in high schools in the Midwest. They also found that teachers have almost no influence on students’ learning preferences.

C. ________ A number of studies have been carried out with both male and female college students as subjects.

D. ________ Young (1999) examined the second language acquisition of a group of elementary school children and found that they were not as apprehensive about language learning as older students.

E. ________ Studies of second language learning in young school children have shown that their language acquisition is not thwarted by fear and embarrassment (Lint et al., 1998; Christoffsen 1996).

F. ________ A review of the literature indicates that research into second language learning has been conducted with students from a variety of different age groups.

G. ________ Studies with adolescents report similar findings (Harrison, 2003; Dehorn, 2004).


The correct order is:

A. 7
B. 5
C. 6
D. 3
E. 2
F. 1
G. 4

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