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ERIC Number: EJ1152497
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1056-7941
An Approach for Embedding Critical Thinking in Second Language Paragraph Writing
Chason, Lisa; Loyet, Dianne; Sorenson, Luann; Stoops, Anastasia
TESOL Journal, v8 n3 p582-612 Sep 2017
Writing textbooks for English language learners frequently teach a paragraph pattern that is limited to topic sentence, support, and concluding sentence. Although beginning second language (L2) writers benefit from having a structured way to organize their ideas, as they advance, this type of writing can sound trite and uncritical. To provide a deeper understanding of how L2 learners can develop critical thinking skills in paragraph writing, this article presents empirical research on intermediate to advanced L2 writers enrolled in an 8-week intensive English program where they were taught how to use the TBSIR (topic, bridge, support, interpretation, return) framework. Using a double-blind rating approach, the study reveals that instruction in TBSIR positively impacts writing quality regardless of native language, suggesting that a writing framework with a rubric that includes critical thinking criteria provides developing writers with the guidance they need to move from banal and formulaic writing to more analytic and thoughtful prose.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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