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ERIC Number: ED412535
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Sep-28
Pages: 9
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Elements of Style and an Advanced ESL Student: The Case of Jun Shan Zhang.
Ryan, Patrick
Despite educators' efforts to understand the process of composition, writing remains a mercurial process difficult to see or describe, even partially. Writing is a process even more difficult to grasp when the writer is possessed of a language--Chinese, for example--and must rely on that language to take possession of and write in a second language, English. Writing teachers have found that attention to invention, organization, development, and other more global aspects of the writing process helps writers better express themselves in their own voices--whereas a narrow focus on editing and sentence revision often constrains or stifles writers. Jun Shan Zhang came from China to the University of Iowa's writing center highly motivated to write better English, because he hoped to pursue an international career researching and publishing articles on Paleolithic hunters in Asia, America, and Europe. As an anthropologist developing his professional style, Jun Shan offers important insight into the question of the relative value of voice versus specific purpose. After study at the writing center, Jun Shan exhibited increased mastery of subordination and coordination as well as a remarkable ease with participial phrases, a stylistic device somewhat difficult for Asian language students to master. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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