Friday, September 2, 2011

On second language writing

Lately I have been thinking about this questions, "What is second language studies?" and realized that it is difficult to find a direct answer to this question. What do you think?
Anyway, I will keep reading on this question but below are some of the articles that mention second language studies. I enjoyed reading or re-reading these articles today.
Matsuda, P. K. (1998). Situating ESL writing in a cross-disciplinary context. Written Communication, 15(1), 99-121.

Abstract: Although the writing needs of English as a Second Language (ESL) students in U.S. higher education have been increasing as the number of ESL students continues to rise, institutional practices that are responsive to the unique needs of ESL writers are yet to be developed. The relative lack of attention to ESL issues in writing programs may be related to how the field of ESL writing has been defined in relation to its related disciplines: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and composition studies. This study attempts to construct a view of the field that meets the needs of ESL writers. For this purpose, I present three models of ESL writing in relation to TESL and composition studies and discuss their implications.

Matsuda, P. K. (1999). Composition studies and ESL writing: A disciplinary division of labor. College Composition and Communication, 50(4), 699-721

"Since both composition studies and second- language studies have established their institutional identities and practices over the last three decades, attempting to consolidate the diverse practices in the two distinct professions would be unrealistic and even counter productive. Rather, second-language writing should be seen as an integral part of both composition studies and second-language studies, and specialists in both professions should try to transform their institutional practices in ways that reflect the needs and characteristics of second-language writers in their own institutional contexts. (p. 715)

Matsuda, P. K. (2003). Basic writing and second language writers: Toward an inclusive definition. Journal of Basic Writing, 22(2), 67-89.

ABSTRACT: Defining basic writers is becoming increasingly complex as the linguistic and
cultural diversity of the college student population continues to intensify. Because the definition
of basic writers influences whose needs are considered and whose needs are not, it is important to
examine how basic writers are conceptualized in the disciplinary practices of basic writing. This
historical article documents how the presence of second language writers has been reflected- or
not reflected - in the definition of basic writers over the last four decades and highlights the
importance of defining basic writers in ways that include all students who are subject to the
disciplinary and instructional practices of basic writing.

Matsuda, P. K. (2003). Second language writing in the twentieth century: A situated historical perspective. In B. Kroll (Ed.), Exploring the dynamics of second language writing (pp. 15-34). New York: Cambridge UP.

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