This paper highlights the importance of teaching ESL students adverb placement to increase rhetorical awareness. Instructors are encouraged to consider designing grammar lessons at early stages in ESL composition for adverbs that focus not only on prescriptive accuracy but also on those that create rhetorical emphasis. As previous researchers have indicated, placing adverbs in unique positions can add emphasis to particular words or phrases such as using an interrupting adverbial modifier or adverbial fronting. This paper provides a review of literature that promotes teaching adverb placement as rhetorical emphasis, which is significant in ESL composition because it can help ESL writers gain native competency, and foster in them rhetorical awareness.
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Rutledge, James and Fitton, Zachary
"Teaching ESL Students Adverb Position to Develop Rhetorical Emphasis,"
Linguistic Portfolios: Vol. 4
, Article 12.
Available at: http://repository.stcloudstate.edu/stcloud_ling/vol4/iss1/12