During the process of the completion of this tfiesis, I have received muchguidance, help and support from many people. Here I'd like to extend my sinceregratitude.
Firstly, I am greatly indebted to my supervisor Song Hongbo for his enlighteningguidance and valuable advice through the entire process from preparation toaccomplishment. Without his great patience and constant encouragement, theaccomplishment of this thesis wouldn't have been possible. I am also deeplyimpressed by his strong sense of responsibility and professional dedication, which hasnot only taught me how to do academic research but also set a good example for myfuture work.
Secondly, many thanks go to all the other teachers who have taught me duringmy postgraduate period. Their lively and enlightening lectures have enriched myknowledge in linguistics, academic writing, statistics, and translation and so on. Alsomy heartfelt thanks go to my friends and classmates, who offer me great support andhelp in data collection, thesis writing and so on.
Last but not the least, I'd like to give my special thanks to my beloved parents,my elder sister,my wife, and my newly born son Leo, who have always stood by meand brought me much joy.
This thesis would not have been possible without the support of the teacher orfriends around me. I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere gratitudeto the following people who have helped me during the thesis-writing.
I owe a deep debt of gratitude in the first stance to my supervisor. I benefit a lotfrom her guidance and valuable suggestions. Without her constant encouragement andinsightful guidance, I could not have finished this thesis. I feel deeply grateful andfortunate to be her student.
My heartfelt thanks also go to other teachers and professors for their conscientiousand illuminating suggestions given in Master-Degree proposal meeting.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my classmates and friends as well fortheir encouragements and supports during my preparation for this thesis.Last but not least,I want to thank my family for having provided me with a lovingenvironment and having given me unwavering support.
Upon completion of this thesis, I'd like to take this opportunity to express my sinceregratitude to those who have helped me during this period. Firstly, I want to thank thedepartment of Foreign Language for giving me instruction and the permission to usedepartmental data.
Secondly, I owe my deepest gratitude to my supervisor Professor Shao Zhihong of theForeign Language Department. This thesis would not have been completed without ProfessorShao,s insightful instructions and guidance. He has given his support to me in many ways.
When he checks our theses, every detail is paid attention to. His strictness and discipline arewitnessed by his students every year.
Finally, special thanks go to my friends for their encouragement and kind support.
Thesis writing has been less painful with you by my side.
This thesis would not have materialized but for the numerous support and encouragementI have received from many parties. I would like to take this opportunity to express myheartfelt gratitude to all who have helped me.
My deepest gratitude goes to my supervisor Professor Yan Jinglan, who has broadenedmy horizons of literary theories, acquainted me with academic norms, and guided me with herpatient instructions during my two and half years at ECUST. Her critical way of thinking,dedicated devotion, inspiring insight and intellectual rigor have impressed me a lot and willexert a profound influence on my future work. What's more,her passionate and positiveattitude toward life sets a good example for me.
I also own an important debt of thanks to other teachers in our school,including Prof.
Shao Zhihong, Prof. Wang Jianguo, Prof. Yu Yuguo,Prof. Chen Li, and Prof. Wang Zhiqin fortheir instructive advice and suggestions on both the structure and the textual details of mythesis.
Many thanks go to my beloved roommates, fellow students and friends. They have liftedme up when I was frustrated and bewildered, and accompanied me with their encouragementand friendship.
Finally, I owe this thesis to my parents, who have brought me up for the past twenty-fouryears and tolerated my flaws and shortcomings with their selfless love.
It is a significant and unforgettable experience for me to spend such a long time onwriting, modifying and polishing this thesis. Many kind-hearted people give me a greatamount of help, professional advice and encouragement. Thus, here I would like toexpress my sincere gratitude to them.
First of all, I will show my sincere thanks to my supervisor Professor Jia Aiwuwho has given me invaluable guidance and constant support and encouragementthroughout the whole processes. During my study of English education in this two ahalf years and the witting of this thesis, she has always been generous to offer me usefulsuggestions, answer my question and discuss research questions with me. Her detailguidance and helpful comments on my thesis encourage me to overcome difficultiesand think more critically during the processes of writing.
Secondly, I will also express my sincere gratitude to other professor and teacherswho had give me constructive suggestion to my thesis and thanks to them forinstructing me to construct my knowledge in English teaching in the past two and a halfyears.
Thirdly, I want to thank all my affectionate classmates and friends. During the twoa half years' study and the writing of this thesis, they have given me a lot of support andencouragement in their own ways.
At last, I will give the deepest gratitude to my family for their regretless supportand love to me.