A Pathway Between Academic and ESL Classes: Academic Tasks and Their Potential Impact on Teaching and Testing Writing

A Pathway Between Academic and ESL Classes: Academic Tasks and Their Potential Impact on Teaching and Testing Writing

4.11 - 1251 ratings - Source



The present study attempts to fill a gap in L2 writing research literature by examining large samples of syllabi and assignment handouts in university content classes and investigating their potential impact on ESL writing classes. In the first part of the study, the investigated constructs were the categories of writing assignments of various programs, their cognitive demands, and their prompt formats. Content analysis design was employed to categorize a variety of assignments from approximately four departments from each college at a large Midwestern university. After syllabi and handouts from 350 different content courses were collected, a descriptive scheme was developed. Results indicated that, among the out-of-class writing assignments students were required to do in content classes, the most frequent genres were research papers and reaction papers. The results also revealed their cognitive demands differed according to the level of the courses for which the assignments were given. Analyses also indicated that text-based prompts are the most common prompts in these assignments. The second part of the study investigated the potential impact of such content analyses on actual ESL teaching. 13 ESL writing teachers were interviewed. Results revealed that the potential impact of such analyses depended on the proficiency level of ESL classes. The ways to establish an agenda for future research based on the teachers' comments are also discussed.T 5: I think we need to throw out these rhetoric books. We need to start looking at the competencies and skills rather than forms and conventions. Any idiot can write book that talks about thesis statements, compare and contrast essays.


Title:A Pathway Between Academic and ESL Classes: Academic Tasks and Their Potential Impact on Teaching and Testing Writing
Author: Nur Yigitoglu
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008
ISBN-13:

You must register with us as either a Registered User before you can Download this Book. You'll be greeted by a simple sign-up page.

Once you have finished the sign-up process, you will be redirected to your download Book page.

How it works:
  • 1. Register a free 1 month Trial Account.
  • 2. Download as many books as you like (Personal use)
  • 3. Cancel the membership at any time if not satisfied.


Click button below to register and download Ebook
Privacy Policy | Contact | DMCA