ERIC Number: ED346744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
First and Foreign Language Composing: A Protocol-Based Study.
A comparative, protocol-based study is reported of the first (Chinese) and foreign (English) language writing processes of six postgraduate English-as-a-Foreign-Language students. The study revealed the approaches of the six writers to the task of producing academic written discourse to be very different, and suggested that if composing strategies of individual writers were effective or otherwise in the first language, they were likely to be so also in the second language. It appeared that factors relating to cognitive capacity were more relevant than linguistic proficiency where writing processes were concerned. However, a common source of difficulty in both writing tasks, and deficiency in the resulting texts, even for those with proficient writing strategies, was found to be an inadequate awareness of the nature of written language and the demands its production makes upon the writer. Contains 23 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Written Language: British Studies in Applied Linguistics 2. Papers from the Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (Reading, England, September 1986); see FL 020 460.