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ERIC Number: EJ1097558
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
The Ambiguous Nature of Bilingualism and Its Ramifications for Writing Instruction
Behrens, Susan; Mercer, Cindy
NADE Digest, v5 n2 p11-22 Spr 2011
This hypothetical case of a freshman wrestling with her identity as an English user demonstrates that the old categories of native and non-native speaker do not adequately describe today's college population. The lack of informed strategies in college writing courses to deal with students possessing different degrees of proficiency in English leads to both personal and educational consequences. Recommendations for college instructors are discussed. [Adapted from Behrens, S.J. and Mercer, C. 2008. "What is Native Fluency? A Case Study of the Ambiguous Nature of Bilingualism and Its Consequences for Writing Instruction."]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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