In addition, the culture-specific nature of schemata--abstract mental structures representing our knowledge of things, events, and situations--can lead to difficulties when students write texts in L2.
The L1 theories also seem to support less teacher intervention and less attention to form. In addition, they often associate with other students from their L1 and speak their native language. Needless to say, although ESL learners may have negative attitudes toward writing for academic purposes, many of them are financially and professionally committed to graduating from English-speaking universities, and as a result, have strong reasons for learning and improving their skills.
Teaching and assessing writing.
Language Learning, 48, Supplement 1, She is presently working on a Ph. Success of Hispanic college students on a writing examination. According to Ellisit is through analyzing learner errors that we elevate "the status of errors from undesirability to that of a guide to the inner working of the language learning process" p.
Principles and practice in second language acquisition. More important, though, is the issue of fossilization--when "learner interlanguage competence diverges in more or less permanent ways from the target language grammar" Odlin,p.
However, if students show an overall interest in the target language integrative motivationperceive that there is parental and social support, and have a desire to achieve their professional goals instrumental motivationthey can become more proficient in their ability to write in English, despite the initial lack of self-motivation.
Research insights for the classroom. Generally speaking, if L2 learners are motivated to integrate into the L2, they will develop a higher level of proficiency and positive attitudes, which can have a positive effect on their writing. Spanish-speaking writers must undergo the task of cognitively exchanging the style of the Spanish language for that of English.
Exploring a cognitive and social process. Jossey-Bass Publishers Williams, J. But such an account says little about why certain linguistic forms transfer and others do not. For instance, coherence problems may be due to not knowing how to organize text or how to store the relevant information.
Literacy and language teaching. He also advocates that ESL instructors make explicit use of thinking or procedural-facilitation prompts and student self-evaluation as the optimal mode of assessment.
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