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ERIC Number: ED385144
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 11
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L1 Influence on Spanish EFL University Writing Development.
Neff, JoAnne; Prieto, Rosa
This is an in-process report on over 100 English-as-a-Foreign-Language argumentative compositions written by Spanish university students in first and fourth year philology. The project aim was to compare writing development over 4 years in a cross-sectional design. As data were collected, factors other than developmental stages began to appear, such as native language (L1) impact and learning language (L2) constraints. It was decided to study the writers in both the L1 and L2 and then to compare results with similar age American student writers as well as professional Spanish and English writers in the argumentative text typology. Results are presented as global analyses of student writers, analysis of individual student groups, and analyses of the professional writers. Findings suggest that Spanish writers favor heavily embedded clauses more than English writers; they did not require the use of more function words, as originally believed. Interesting transference aspects also surfaced, and it was noted that American college student (junior-year-abroad) writers showed more proficiency in writing than American professionals in comparison to Spanish students and Spanish professional writers. (Contains 12 references.) (NAV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain