A Synthesis of Research on Second Language Writing in by Tony Silva, Ilona Leki, Alister Cumming PDF

By Tony Silva, Ilona Leki, Alister Cumming

ISBN-10: 0805855327

ISBN-13: 9780805855326

'I applaud the authors for this mammoth project, in addition to the care exercised in settling on and sequencing issues and subtopics. an important energy and salient characteristic of this quantity is its variety: it's going to function a key reference device for researchers operating in L2 composition and in allied fields.' – John Hedgcock, Monterey Institute for overseas Studies

Synthesizing twenty-five years of the main major and influential findings of released examine on moment language writing in English, this quantity promotes realizing and gives entry to investigate advancements within the box. total, it distinguishes the most important contexts of English L2 studying in North the US, synthesizes the study topics, concerns, and findings that span those contexts, and translates the methodological development and noticeable findings of this physique of data. Of specific curiosity is the huge bibliography, which makes this quantity an important reference device for libraries and severe writing pros, either researchers and practitioners, either L1 and L2. This booklet is designed to permit researchers to familiarize yourself with an important examine in this subject, to advertise figuring out of pedagogical wishes of L2 writing scholars, and to introduce graduate scholars to L2 writing learn findings.

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For students who are reluctant to speak, it is writing rather than oral interaction that serves to solidify an incipient, tentative grasp of language features and allows writers to try out and build on an academic vocabulary base that they can then use in mainstream or content courses (Wald, 1987; Weissberg, 2000). Whatever the focus of ESL classes, mainstream high school classes also present problems for L2 students, and here the distinction between BICS and CALP blurs somewhat for L2 writing studies.

To understand the literacy backgrounds of L2 writing students in the aggregate and the broad contexts surrounding literacy development 1 The issue of plagiarism is discussed in this chapter primarily because the literature on the subject has tended to focus on undergraduates, for example, in writing classes. But similar issues arise for graduate student and L2 professional or academic writers. -M. Li, 1996; Parry & Su, 1998; You, 2004a, 2004b), in Europe generally (Johns, 2003a), in Germany (Reichelt, 2003), in Hong Kong (Pennington, Brock, & Yue, 1996), in Japan (Carson, 1992; H.

Of particular interest was Johns’ (1991b) study of Luc, a Vietnamese immigrant student who repeatedly failed his university’s English writing exam while managing to do successful work, including writing, in his biology major and to handle the literacy demands occasioned by his family’s business. Despite some evidence that Luc’s case may not have been typical (Byrd & Nelson, 1995), this study served as local and immediate research evidence for a bid to broaden L2 studies’ perspectives on the meaning of literacy and of success in L2 writing.

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