ERIC Number: ED247573
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
The Writing of Micronesian ESL Students.
Groves, Peggy L.
A study explored the content and syntax in the writing of 15 ninth grade Micronesian students for whom English is a second language. Their composing behavior was also observed to determine whether Micronesian students exhibit distinctive composing behaviors or produce writing paralleling their degree of contact with Western culture. A questionnaire was used to determine subjects' exposure to Western culture. Writing behaviors were observed as students wrote in their journals, and writing characteristics were logged from journal entries. Two case study subjects, one less exposed and one more exposed to Western culture, were observed during eight sustained silent writing sessions. The analyses revealed that journal entries for all 15 subjects contained mostly original prose narratives with island settings in the first person point of view. Fewer compositions were written in either the descriptive or the expository mode. Adverb clauses occurred most frequently, and noun clauses occurred more often than did adjective clauses. Very few predrafting behaviors were observed. During drafting, the subjects exhibited (1) pauses while writing, (2) adjustments to text, (3) rereading of text, and (4) accompanying speech. The two case study subjects differed considerably in their degree of contact with Western culture and displayed notable differences in the content and syntax of their writing, as well as in their composing behaviors. (The questionnaire on exposure to Western culture is included.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Micronesians; Student Journals