Teaching writing in second and foreign language classrooms

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McGraw-Hill, 2005 - Foreign Language Study - 209 pages
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This short, accessible new text in the McGraw-Hill Second Language Professional Series provides research-based information and practical advice to instructors who teach writing to second and foreign language learners. Based on the principles of communicative language teaching, the text can be used as a supplement to other books in the Series or to other main texts. It is appropriate for a basic methods course or a course on second or foreign language writing; it can also be used as part of a preparation course for ESL or foreign language teaching assistants, as a text for continuing education courses for high school ESL teachers, or as an aid for practicing second language teachers.

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This book is very accessible and does an excellent job of combining theory, the latest research, and practical application. Each chapter provides several questions for discussion in pre-service programs, or for in-service teachers to monitor how they are (or should be) teaching writing in their own classrooms. The book also includes common EFL/ESL discussions, such as whether or not to have peer-review, and if so, how it should be incorporated in the class. Even in the midst of theoretical chunks, there are interrupting questions to help you apply this material to your context. 


Contexts and Purposes for Second Language Writing
Factors and Processes in Second
Characteristics of L2 Writers

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About the author (2005)

Bill VanPatten received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and is widely known for his research on instructed second language acquisition, most notably for his theoretical work in input processing and for its applied side, processing instruction. He is the co-author of "Making Communicative Language Teaching Happen with James F. Lee (now in its 2nd edition, 2003). His newest book is titled, "From Input to Output: A Teacher's Guide to Second Language Acquisition (2003). ). Among language teachers he is best known for "Destinos (a PBS telecourse) and "Sabias que... ? (now in its 4th edition). He has a new movie-based materials project under contract.
Jessica Williams teaches in the M.A. TESOL program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she also directs the ESL composition program. She has published articles on variety of topics in second language acquisition, including second language writing, lexical acquisition, and the effect of focus on form. She is the co-editor of "Focus on Form in Classroom Second Language Acquisition.
Susanne Rott received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She directs the German language program at the University of Illinois at Chicago and teaches courses in second language acquisition, language pedagogy, and computer-assisted language instruction. Her research focuses on lexical development and German grammar pedagogy.
Mark Overstreet received his Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002 and is currently working on research in the field of second language processing at the University of Illinois at Chicago.