Controversies in Second Language Writing: Dilemmas and Decisions in Research and Instruction (The Michigan Series on Teaching Multilingual Writers

ISBN: 9780472089796
Publisher: University of Michigan Press ELT
Publication Date: 2003-11-25
Number of pages: 264
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DESCRIPTION

Controversies in Second Language Writing is not a how-to book, but one that focuses on how teachers in L2 writing can be helped to make reasoned decisions by understanding some of the key issues and conflicting opinions about L2 writing research and pedagogy. This book will assist teachers in making informed decisions about teaching writing in the ESL classroom.
To counteract some of the debates, Casanave explores the different sides of the arguments and provides examples of how other teachers have dealt with these issues. The book presents novice and seasoned teachers with thought-provoking issues and questions to consider when determining and reflecting on their own teaching strategies and criteria.
Topics discussed include:
contrastive rhetoric
product vs. process
fluency and accuracy
assessment of student work
audience
plagiarism
politics and ideology.

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