ERIC Number: EJ1142988
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Research and Teaching: The Pairing of a Science Communications and a Language Course to Enrich First-Year English Language Learners' Writing and Argumentation Skills
Welsh, Ashley J.; Shaw, Amber; Fox, Joanne A.
Journal of College Science Teaching, v46 n5 p64-72 May 2017
This article explores how English-language learners' writing evolved during a first-year seminar in science course aimed at developing students' argumentation skills. We highlight how a science communications course was paired with a weekly academic English course in the context of a highly coordinated and enriched first-year experience program for international students. This collaborative model provided students with multiple opportunities for discussion and feedback about their writing. An analysis of the data, including student grades and reflections, revealed significant improvements in students' writing structure and abilities to construct evidence-based arguments. Students also perceived positive changes in their critical thinking and specific writing skills for science. This research is a promising example of how collaboration between science and language faculty leads to the development and facilitation of targeted activities and assignments that improve English-language learners' science communication skills in their first year of study at a university.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, First Year Seminars, English Language Learners, Writing Skills, Writing Improvement, Persuasive Discourse, Skill Development, Science Education, Foreign Students, Critical Thinking, Content Area Writing, Interdisciplinary Approach, Communication Skills, Statistical Analysis
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