A Synthesis of Research on Second Language Writing in English
Routledge – 2008 – 260 pages
'I applaud the authors for this sizeable undertaking, as well as the care exercised in selecting and sequencing topics and subtopics. A major strength and salient feature of this volume is its range: It will serve as a key reference tool for researchers working in L2 composition and in allied fields.' – John Hedgcock, Monterey Institute for International Studies
Synthesizing twenty-five years of the most significant and influential findings of published research on second language writing in English, this volume promotes understanding and provides access to research developments in the field. Overall, it distinguishes the major contexts of English L2 learning in North America, synthesizes the research themes, issues, and findings that span these contexts, and interprets the methodological progression and substantive findings of this body of knowledge. Of particular interest is the extensive bibliography, which makes this volume an essential reference tool for libraries and serious writing professionals, both researchers and practitioners, both L1 and L2. This book is designed to allow researchers to become familiar with the most important research on this topic, to promote understanding of pedagogical needs of L2 writing students, and to introduce graduate students to L2 writing research findings.
"I applaud the authors for this sizeable undertaking, as well as the care exercised in selecting and sequencing topics and subtopics. A major strength and salient feature of this volume is its range: It will serve as a key reference tool for researchers working in L2 composition and in allied fields."
John Hedgcock, Monterey Institute of International Studies
"The authors command the field in ways that perhaps no one else does. Their vast collective knowledge shines on every page."
Barbara Kroll, University of Southern California
Ilona Leki is professor of English, directs the English as a Second Language program at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and is chair of the University’s Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics.
Alister Cumming is professor and Head of the Modern Language Centre, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.
Tony Silva is professor and Director of the ESL Writing Program, Department of English, Purdue University.