A Synthesis of Research on Second Language Writing in English

A Synthesis of Research on Second Language Writing in English

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'I applaud the authors for this sizeable undertaking, as well as the care exercised in selecting and sequencing topics and subtopics. A major strength and salient feature of this volume is its range: It will serve as a key reference tool for researchers working in L2 composition and in allied fields.' a€“ John Hedgcock, Monterey Institute for International Studies Synthesizing twenty-five years of the most significant and influential findings of published research on second language writing in English, this volume promotes understanding and provides access to research developments in the field. Overall, it distinguishes the major contexts of English L2 learning in North America, synthesizes the research themes, issues, and findings that span these contexts, and interprets the methodological progression and substantive findings of this body of knowledge. Of particular interest is the extensive bibliography, which makes this volume an essential reference tool for libraries and serious writing professionals, both researchers and practitioners, both L1 and L2. This book is designed to allow researchers to become familiar with the most important research on this topic, to promote understanding of pedagogical needs of L2 writing students, and to introduce graduate students to L2 writing research findings.Higher grade level was associated with increases in overall essay length, T-unit length, clause length, number of clauses per T-unit, number ... by L1 usage; roughly one-third of the errors made by sixth graders were considered to have possible L1 influences (Cronnel, 1985). ... and have been associated with written informational genres, for both L1 and L2 writers across both topics and all grade levels.

Title:A Synthesis of Research on Second Language Writing in English
Author:Ilona Leki, Alister Cumming, Tony Silva
Publisher:Routledge - 2010-04-15


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