Application of Hoeyan Discourse Model in College English Teaching - A Sample Analysis of “Read the Tea Leaves: China Will Be Top Exporter”

Wei WANG, Weihong ZHOU


This paper aims to analyze the article “Read the Tea Leaves: China Will Be Top Exporter” in the light of basic principles and theories of discourse analysis developed by Michael Hoey (1983). Specific samples of clause relations and macro-structure analysis will also be presented in order to test the applicability of the Hoeyan approach in discourse analysis practice, which facilitates students’ understanding of the discourse organization of English economic texts and decreases structural obstacles in second language acquision.


Discourse analysis; Hoeyan; Approach; clause; College English teaching

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