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ERIC Number: EJ818262
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 74
ISSN: ISSN-0039-8322
The Psycholinguistic Dimension in Second Language Writing: Opportunities for Research and Pedagogy Using Computer Keystroke Logging
Miller, Kristyan Spelman; Lindgren, Eva; Sullivan, Kirk P. H.
TESOL Quarterly: A Journal for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and of Standard English as a Second Dialect, v42 n3 p433-454 Sep 2008
This article discusses the use of computer logging as a means of investigating aspects of the second language (L2) writing process as writers are engaged in producing text at the keyboard. The observation of writing by means of this method provides researchers with detailed information concerning aspects of the planning, formulation, and revision processes. This function is illustrated by reference to a study in Sweden of school-age learners of English as an additional language whose written production was recorded as part of a longitudinal study, and findings from the study are presented. The discussion highlights the potential uses of logging, not only not in relation to researching writers' processes, but also as a pedagogic tool given that its replay facility allows access to information about aspects of the writers' attention and strategies as they write. (Contains 1 figure, 4 tables, and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden