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Faculty Views on the Importance of Writing, the Nature of Academic Writing, and Teaching and Responding to Writing in the Disciplines.

Faculty Views on the Importance of Writing, the Nature of Academic Writing, and Teaching and Responding to Writing in the Disciplines

W. Zhu. 2004. Journal of second language writing 13:29-48.

This study examined business and engineering professors's opinions on academic writing and writing instruction. The author investigates beliefs underlying writing instruction to enhance academic literacy instruction for second language learners of English. Ten qualitative interviews with faculty members were tape-recorded and then transcribed, coded, and analyzed. Representatives from both fields considered writing to be a crucial skill for success; however, their emphasis on writing instruction varied. Two views on academic writing emerged. According to the first view, successful academic writing depends on transferring general writing skills to different contexts; therefore, writing teachers can best provide writing instruction. Proponents of the second view held that successful academic writing depends on general writing skills, but they thought that discipline-specific instruction is essential as well. Thus, both general writing instructors and content course faculty should provide writing instruction. The author suggests that both views on academic writing pose challenges for second language learners of English.

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Title Annotation:EDUCATION
Author:Kepler, Kelley
Publication:Technical Communication
Date:Aug 1, 2005
Words:183
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