Sometimes instructors and tutors miss the mark when teaching students how to avoid plagiarism. With a TurnItIn® report as evidence of the offense, plagiarism is treated as a matter of ignorance–of citation rules, the plagiarism policy, or the 80/20 principal, and for some students, some of the time, an overview of these conventions is all it takes for the students to apply the lessons in their revisions and get on track.
However, plagiarism can also be the unintentional result of faulty paraphrasing, and for many students, learning to paraphrase is more complex than simply putting text in their own words. Assimilating a text takes strong reading skills, comprehension of the subject matter, an academic vocabulary, and time. If one of these elements is missing, faulty paraphrasing will result.
English Language Learners, most of all, need time and help with their textual analysis in order…
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