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ERIC Number: ED464489
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
Pages: 21
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The Connections between L1 and L2 Writing Performances--From the Perspective of Writing Expertise.
Chen, Dar-Wu
This study investigated whether Chinese students' writing expertise would be closely related to their English writing expertise. Participants were six male and five female Chinese college graduates. All participants were asked to write two types of papers (descriptive and persuasive) in both languages. The first paper involved describing their personal experiences in learning how to write in English. The second was a letter clarifying a potential employer's questions and concerns about their English proficiency. The compositions were graded by two experienced university teachers. Data analysis indicated that there was a strong correlation between participants' first and second language writing expertise. Ideas the participants presented in Chinese assignments strongly related to their English writings. There was a correlation between overall performance when writing in Chinese and English grammar. When writing in English, participants' writing expertise in Chinese had a clear impact. When writing in Chinese, content was dominant, while when writing in English, grammar was dominant. Writing letters forced participants to be more focused. Implications for teachers of English as a Foreign Language are discussed. (Contains 27 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan