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ERIC Number: EJ876837
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
A Study of Native Spanish Speakers' Writing in English for Teachers
Williams, Todd O.
Inquiry, v8 n1 Spr 2003
Understanding why mistakes are made in a class of ESL students not only helps teachers emend the mistakes, but also enables them to better explain to the author how to correct mistakes in future writing. When a teacher shows some understanding of a writer's native language, it makes the writer feel more comfortable with, and less alienated from, him or her. In this essay, the author provides insight that will be helpful to those with little Spanish background who are teaching Spanish-speaking, particularly Mexican, students or writers who are writing in English as their second language. The author explores common errors that he noticed in his students' writing to uncover the reasons these particular mistakes are made. These errors are divided into four levels: (1) Word Choice; (2) Syntax; (3) Rhetoric; and (4) Sociolinguistics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A