ERIC Number: ED314958
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
Interviews with Students and Colleagues: What Can We Learn?
Following up an earlier study exploring the composing processes of 14 "unskilled" college writers in English as a Second Language (ESL), six original subjects and their instructors were interviewed after the students passed a college writing assessment. Writing was assessed based on two writing samples: one done for another class and one on a specific topic and produced for the study. It was found that students had usually written at least two drafts of at-home assignments because of the time available, but none had chosen to ask for assistance. Dramatic changes were seen in the second study in the quantity of student writing, fluency, vocabulary, and idiomatic expressions. Some unresolved problems of form were found in all papers. The differences in the writing strategies available to the students were less apparent in this study than in the earlier study. Most instructors expected students to demonstrate in writing that they had understood the material being studied and could use the information gained and actively contemplate it. Overall, instructors responded to what they perceived as the sophistication of thought, grasp of material, and care taken by students with the writing task. Some teachers felt the ESL students in their classes were as good or better writers than native English-speaking students, despite the second language problem. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Realizing the Dream. Selected Conference Proceedings; see FL 018 303.