An Investigation of Three Chinese Students' English Writing Strategies

Mu, Congjun & Carrington, Suzanne B. (2007) An Investigation of Three Chinese Students' English Writing Strategies. Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language - EJ, 11(1), pp. 1-23.



The purpose of this study is to investigate the writing processes of second language (L2) writers, specifically examining the writing strategies of three Chinese post-graduate students in an Australian higher education institution. The study was prompted by the paucity of second language writing strategies of Chinese students in an authentic context. Data collected from a semi-structured interview, questionnaire, retrospective post-writing discussion, and written drafts of papers were analysed. The findings indicated that the three participants employed rhetorical strategies, metacognitive strategies, cognitive strategies and social/affective strategies in their writing practice. This study supports Silva's finding that L2 writing process is strategically, rhetorically, linguistically different from first language (L1) writing process (1993). Data demonstrated that metacognitive, cognitive, and social/affective strategies except rhetorical strategies (organisation of paragraphs) transferred across languages positively.

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ID Code: 13130
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Writing strategies, Second language, ESL
ISSN: 1072-4303
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (The authors)
Deposited On: 25 Mar 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:33

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