Employing Stasis Theory to Help Students Develop Argumentative Essays

Speaker:Ekaning Dewanti Laksmi| Location:Room 23| Date:August 13, 2016| Time:4:30 - 5:00 pm


Argument is generally discouraged in many tradition-based Javanese families of the students in the presenter’s Argumentative Writing class; expressing opposing ideas or counteracting people with different views are not a common practice among them. These students, therefore, often experience failure in producing a good argumentative essay. To illustrate, taking a stand in an argument is very often misunderstood as expressing an idea in an explanatory mode. Hence, instead of developing an ‘own’ position or argument, they rather present lists of facts from the sources they refer. Worse, they often fail to present their propositions in a logical structure. It is then worth calling for the Stasis theory to help them write an argumentative essay. With the four questions of the Stasis—fact, definition, quality, and policy—being adopted as the organizational framework for an argumentative essay, the students will be able to formulate a concise and clearly-defined argumentative thesis, provide evidential support, address opposing views, and, accordingly, draw a conclusion—restating the argumentative thesis and, concurrently, readdresses it in consideration of the evidence provided.

Keywords: argumentative writing, failure, Stasis theory, organizational framework


(317) Ekaning Dewanti LaksEkaning Dewanti Laksmi is a teaching-staff member of the English Department of University of Malang and has for the last twenty years involved in teaching various EFL Writing classes and a number of research projects focusing on the teaching of EFL writing.


Category: Day 3 | August 13, 2016, Presenter Schedule