ERIC Number: ED340014
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-22
Reference Count: 0
A Voice of One's Own: Reconsidering the Needs of Non-Native Speakers of English.
To integrate second language writing with composition theories, a college writing instructor became a teacher-researcher in an ESL writing workshop course. Studying the writing experience of a Malaysian-American student in a process-oriented writing class helped to clarify what happens when non-native speakers begin to take on the identity of a writer. In excerpts from the student's writing, her progression from "translation" mode to thinking aloud on paper to her gradual development as an English language user can be followed. At one point, the student refused to sign a class letter to the university newspaper, an acknowledgement of her understanding of how the writing act might affect her and an example of a person taking ownership of her own writing. Later, when reading her piece of polished writing on a personal subject, the student realized that she felt joy and excitement in writing. The writing act can mean as much to second language learners as it does to first language speakers if they are "invited" to write, rather than "taught" to write. (NKA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Nonnative Speakers; Voice (Rhetoric); Writing Development
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (42nd, Boston, MA, March 21-23, 1991).