Teaching Rhetorical Theory for Effective Argumentative Essay Writing (74746)

Session Information: Assessment Theories & Methodologies
Session Chair: Mohammad Ahmadi

Thursday, 23 November 2023 15:35
Session: Session 4
Room: Room 608
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

To construct persuasive arguments, it is crucial to base premises on widely accepted opinions within the audience. Given that argumentative writing relies heavily on opinions and requires addressing commonly held beliefs (endoxa), the integration of classical rhetorical theory into the teaching of argumentative essays can offer distinct advantages. This research aims to explore the practical application of classical rhetorical theory to enhance the development of compelling argumentative essays in educational settings. The research is divided into two main parts. In the first part, a theoretical approach is employed to propose an ideal model and framework for teaching rhetorical theory effectively. This section outlines the steps educators need to take to introduce rhetorical theory concepts to students in a comprehensible manner. By doing so, educators can help students grasp rhetorical theory and apply it practically in crafting persuasive essays. In the second part, a qualitative method is used to evaluate the application of rhetorical theory in a class where students were tasked with writing argumentative essays. The evaluation aims to determine whether teaching rhetorical theory has assisted students in crafting more persuasive essays and whether they have successfully incorporated rhetorical techniques into their writing. The research’s findings shed light on the potential benefits of incorporating a method that teaches rhetorical theory in writing courses, especially those focused on argumentative essays. Moreover, the results indicate that incorporating a method that teaches rhetorical theory in writing courses can significantly decrease students’ reliance on AI.

Authors:
Mohammad Ahmadi, Waseda University, Japan


About the Presenter(s)
Dr. Ahmadi is an adjunct professor at Waseda University, having earned his Ph.D. from Tehran University in 2018. He specialized in the development of rhetorical theory and tradition in both Eastern and Western contexts.

Connect on Linkedin
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mohammad-ahmadi-baa440a5/

Additional website of interest
https://waseda.academia.edu/MohammadAhmadiIbnMahmud

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