Writer Identity and Positioning in Statement of Purpose for Post-graduation Applications
Ajit Ilangovan (VIT University, India) and Ashok Kumar (INFO Institute of Technology, India)
The Statement of Purpose (SOP) is usually written by the graduates who apply for admission into post-graduation programmes in the UK and the US Universities. It is written usually to project their academic proficiency in their specific fields. The present study aims to look into the writings of 15 such SOPs of students from Indian Universities and explores the writing skills of the applicants who showcase their achievement and knowledge in their SOPs. The data will be drawn from engineering graduate students and the result will complement the text analysis to show how they present and position themselves in the SOP. The analysis will look into the construction of the writer identity associated with writer positioning needed for this act of writing. The findings will have implications on writing pedagogy and different forms of SOP across different disciplines.
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