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ERIC Number: ED242196
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 24
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ESL Students and Writing Acquisition Theory.
Blair, Linda
Nonnative speakers learn to write just as native speakers do, by learning to adjust their "monitors." Teachers too often focus on form rather than on the students' interests and abilities. With the monitor working at a low level, beginning writers can use their store of acquired skills, and with the monitor level higher, they can integrate their learned skills. However, when native or nonnative speakers' individual ideas are forced to conform to a prescribed format and formula, the writing loses its effect and its versatility. Students' anxiety about writing is often due to overactive monitors. In one developmental writing program for college-level students of English as a second language, all students' initial essays were in a formal style that sounded rigid and confused, with grammatical errors profuse and syntactic and knowledge errors difficult to distinguish. Taught in the context of the above findings, the students became more comfortable with the task of writing and acquired fluidity and correctness. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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