Research Progress and Trend of Business English Writing Instruction in China (2002-2021): A Bibliometric Analysis

Lixuan Sun, Adelina Asmawi


Using the visual analysis instrument of China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) and CiteSpace, this study makes a bibliometric analysis and visual presentation of the literatures on Business English Writing Instruction in China during the last two decades (2002-2021). The examination of the number of published articles, authors and institutions, highly referenced papers, and keywords reveals that: (1) the number of published articles increases with the constant development of the business English major. It steadily reduced after reaching its peak but remained at a high level. (2) The distribution characteristics of authors and institutions are similar, which means that no single author or institution has an absolute edge in terms of the quantity of papers. (3) Although majority of the highly cited literatures are from CSSCI, the overall quality of the 433 articles chosen is not very high. (4) The research hotspots are mostly concerned with teaching content and methods, teaching mode and design, and Business English writing education in higher vocational colleges. (5) The research development process is generally divided into three stages: early investigation, prosperity and development, and sustainable development. Continuing research into Business English Writing Instruction will require that researchers conduct follow-up studies, increase quantitative analysis, and broaden the scope of research samples in order to better serve Business English majors in China as well as improve the quality of business English writing research in China.

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World Journal of English Language
ISSN 1925-0703(Print)  ISSN 1925-0711(Online)

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