LINGUIST List 23.4882

Fri Nov 23 2012

Books: Writing in First and Second Language: Tillema

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Date: 20-Nov-2012
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Subject: Writing in First and Second Language: Tillema
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Title: Writing in First and Second LanguageSubtitle: Empirical studies on text quality and writing processesSeries Title: LOT dissertation series

Publication Year: 2012Publisher: 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 secondaryeducation. Due to globalization, the ability to express oneself in a languageother than the first language (L1) is increasingly becoming a condition foreducational success. In The Netherlands, this ‘other’ or second language (L2)is usually English. Although secondary school students are already quite ableto express themselves in English, their L2 essays are often of lower qualitythan their L1 essays, in terms of language use, but also in terms oforganization. The research reported in this thesis is aimed at explaining thisquality difference by comparing L1 and L2 relations between essay quality andwriting processes. Analyses of writing processes involved cognitive activitiessuch as reading the assignment, process planning, content planning, evaluatingand revising. Results show that, in general, cognitive activities are relevantto essay quality at different stages of task execution during L1 and L2writing. This means that writers need to distribute their attentiondifferently across task execution during L1 and L2 writing. However,additional analyses show that if students’ general language proficiency levelsare included in the analyses, this L1/L2 contrast disappears. For studentswith high general L2 proficiency, the demands of L2 writing in terms of howoften cognitive activities are applied during certain stages of task executionare similar to the demands of L1 writing.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Written In: English (eng)

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