Title: Teaching ESL Composition
Subtitle: Purpose, Process, and Practice, Second Edition
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Author: Dana R. Ferris, California State University, Sacramento
Author: John Hedgcock, Monterey Institute of International Studies
Paperback: ISBN: 0805844678 Pages: 448 Price: U.S. $ 45.00
In keeping with the spirit of the first edition, "Teaching ESL Composition: Purpose, Process, and Practice, Second Edition" presents pedagogical approaches to the teaching of ESL composition in the framework of current theoretical perspectives on second language writing processes, practices, and writers.
The text as a whole moves from general themes to specific pedagogical concerns. A primary goal is to offer a synthesis of theory and practice in a rapidly evolving community of scholars and professionals. The focus is on providing apprentice teachers with practice activities that can be used to develop the complex skills involved in teaching second language writing. Although all topics are firmly grounded in reviews of relevant research, a distinguishing feature of this text is its array of hands-on, practical examples, materials, and tasks, which are presented in figures and in the main text. The synthesis of theory and research in a form that is accessible to preservice and in-service teachers enables readers to see the relevance of the field's knowledge base to their own present or future classroom settings and student writers.