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ERIC Number: ED281361
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Pages: 58
Abstractor: N/A
Sources of Writing Block in Bilingual Writers.
Betancourt, Francisco; Phinney, Marianne
This study examines writing apprehension in bilinguals, a common problem among Puerto Rican college students who take composition courses in both their native Spanish and English as a second language. A questionnaire designed to determine the sources of apprehension was administered to three student groups: graduate students of English, freshman English composition students, and freshman Spanish composition students. Results indicate that the sources of writing apprehension vary according to the language used and the student's writing experience. The causes of the differences appear to stem from traditional teaching methods and the student's past experiences with writing. The process-oriented approach to writing instruction, with less emphasis on static rules and sentence-level stylistics, would help to reduce the anxiety caused by premature editing and attitude in undergraduates. Graduate student responses suggest that apprehension decreases with experience and maturity. (Included are five pages of references, the questionnaire, and data tables.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A