Goals for Academic Writing

ESL students and their instructors

Alister Cumming | Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
ISBN 9789027219695 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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This book documents the results of a multi-year project that investigated the goals for writing improvement among 45 students and their instructors in intensive courses of English as a Second Language (ESL) then, a year later, in academic programs at two Canadian universities. The researchers present a detailed framework to describe these goals from the perspectives of the students as well as their instructors. The goals are analyzed for groups of students from particular backgrounds internationally, for changes over time, and in relation to the ESL and academic courses. The authors use activity theory, goal theory, various sociolinguistic concepts, and multiple data sources (interviews, observations, stimulated recalls, questionnaires, and text analyses) to provide a contextually-grounded perspective on learning, teaching, writing, second-language development, and curriculum policy. The book will interest researchers, educators, and administrators of ESL, university, college, and literacy programs around the world.
[Language Learning & Language Teaching, 15] 2006.  xii, 204 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“Cumming et al. have developed an important descriptive framework for the interpretation of writing goals in academic settings, and they offer a range of insights on goal setting for L2 writers as well as writing in university settings more generally.”
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