The Application of Theme-Rheme Theory in English Composition Teaching

Yue-lu WANG


Cohesion and coherence of a text is one of the major topics in the research of discourses. The Theme-Rheme Theory is an important functional system to do research on the cohesion and coherence of discourse. Theme is the origin of discourse; rheme which centers on the topic is the narration, description, and explanation of theme and often the core content of discourse. By describing this theory and discourse analysis of college English composition, this article mainly argues the application of this theory in composition teaching so as to help learners improve their writing.
Key words: cohesion, coherence, the Theme-Rheme Theory
Résumé: La théorie de thème-rhème est un système fonctionnel étudiant l'articulation et l'enchaînement d'un texte. L'articulation et l'enchaînement d'un texte doivent être cohérents eux mêmes; autrement dit, les points de vue et les idées du même texte doivent corrélatifs pour former un ensemble enchaîné. Le thème est le point de départ du et le rhème est la narration, le description, l'explication du thème. En général, c'est le contenu principal du texte. En faisant la description de la théorie thème-rhème, cet article a analysé certains textes du livre de rédaction en anglais afin de trouver des méthodes d'application de cette théorie dans la rédaction et aider les apprenant à améliorer leur niveau de rédaction.
Mots-clés: articulation, enchaînement, théorie thème-rhème

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