The Application of Theme/rheme Coherence Device in Discourse Teaching under Cognitive Framework

You-mei GAO, Ai-min ZOU, Mei-ning WANG


The repetitive coherence of theme and rheme comes through one of the important cohesive devices which make texture coherent and progressing. From cognitive point of view, applying the mode of thematic and rheme into English language teaching can display its tool function for texture. It also contributes to the understanding and interpretation of coherent discourses, and to the way in teaching reading and writing. Therefore,learners will leap forward from their cognitive level.
Key words: cognition, coherence of theme and rheme, English language teaching
Résumé: Le raccordement répété de thème-rhème est un des moyens importants de réaliser la cohérence et la continuité du texte. Et c’est grâce à ces moyens de cohérence que le texte s’acquiert la cohésion. L’application du système de cohérence à l’enseignement du texte anglais montre son utilité comme instrument textuel, offre de nouvelles perspectives pour l’enseignement de rédaction et de lecture en anglais, et aide les apprenants à approfondir leur compréhension.
Mots-clés: cognition, cohérence de thème-rhème, enseignement textuel

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