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LINGUIST List 23.4882

Fri Nov 23 2012

Books: Writing in First and Second Language: Tillema

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 20-Nov-2012
From: Mariëtte Bonenkamp <lotuu.nl>
Subject: Writing in First and Second Language: Tillema
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Title: Writing in First and Second Language
Subtitle: Empirical studies on text quality and writing processes
Series Title: LOT dissertation series

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke - LOT

Author: Marion Tillema

Paperback: ISBN: 9789460930829 Pages: Price: Europe EURO


This thesis is about writing proficiency among students of secondary
education. Due to globalization, the ability to express oneself in a language
other than the first language (L1) is increasingly becoming a condition for
educational success. In The Netherlands, this ‘other’ or second language (L2)
is usually English. Although secondary school students are already quite able
to express themselves in English, their L2 essays are often of lower quality
than their L1 essays, in terms of language use, but also in terms of
organization. The research reported in this thesis is aimed at explaining this
quality difference by comparing L1 and L2 relations between essay quality and
writing processes. Analyses of writing processes involved cognitive activities
such as reading the assignment, process planning, content planning, evaluating
and revising. Results show that, in general, cognitive activities are relevant
to essay quality at different stages of task execution during L1 and L2
writing. This means that writers need to distribute their attention
differently across task execution during L1 and L2 writing. However,
additional analyses show that if students’ general language proficiency levels
are included in the analyses, this L1/L2 contrast disappears. For students
with high general L2 proficiency, the demands of L2 writing in terms of how
often cognitive activities are applied during certain stages of task execution
are similar to the demands of L1 writing.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Written In: English (eng)

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