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ERIC Number: ED376461
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-18
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
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Composing in French and in English: What the Writers Are Telling Us.
Crerand, Mary E. Lavin
A study investigated the following questions: (1) How does writing develop in a foreign language context? (2) What are the learners' perceptions of writing in a foreign language? (3) What is the influence of first language literacy skills on second language writing? (4) What is the influence of second language proficiency on second language writing? (5) Are the composing processes the same for the first and second language? The study examined seven students chosen for maximum variation in both first and second language proficiency from a pool of 70 students in a fourth-quarter French culture course. They were observed while writing a short essay and then interviewed afterward. Results document, first, the synthesis of patterns that emerged from observations of the act of writing. For instance, all seven described the writing process as difficult; all mentioned the importance of topic familiarity; all referred to their English proficiency when they described the writing process in French. Results also highlighted the similarities and differences in the composing styles between first and second languages. With no clear patterns across the seven subjects, tables show a complex matrix of writing styles. Implications show clearly that first language literacy and second language proficiency indeed impact second language writing. Instructors need to consider the development of second language writing skills as an extension of their students' first language literacy skills. (Includes two figures and four tables; contains 21 references, a student questionnaire, prompts, interview guidelines, and other appendixes.) (TB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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