ERIC Number: ED373540
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
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EFL Essay Writing: L1 Versus L2 Instruction.
This study examined the effect of English grammatical proficiency on the ability of learners of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) to transfer essay organization skills, newly learned in their first language (L1), to the second language (L2). The subjects were 104 inexpert EFL upper secondary school students from three schools in Iceland. The subjects were divided into three groups: (1) those receiving L1 essay writing instruction; (2) those receiving equivalent L2 instruction; and (3) those receiving no such instruction. Pre- and post-tests administered at the beginning and end of the 12-week research period graded essay organization and grammatical proficiency. The results indicated that the learners who did transfer writing skills from L1 to L2 were assisted by their grammatical proficiency in the target language. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (28th, Baltimore, MD, March 8-12, 1994).