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Academic writing development through dialogues between tutors and second-language learners
by Coelho, Fabio de Oliveira, M.A., San Jose State University, 2011, 233; 1495036
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis presents an analysis of dialogues between writing tutors and second-language learners in a writing center setting. The analysis includes a discussion about session appropriation by tutors, the validity of addressing sentence-level mistakes during writing conferences, and strategies that tutors may use to make the sessions beneficial to second-language learners. Among the literature covered throughout the study are studies on Educational Psychology, L1 and L2 Composition, and Cognitive Linguistics (Situated Learning). Collected data include measurements of dialogical patterns in the sessions and qualitative data extracted from session recordings and interviews with interlocutors. Study results suggest that a) sentence-level correction should take place during tutoring sessions involving second-language learners at different stages of the writing process, b) tutors should be explicitly trained in strategies to minimize their session ownership and increase tutee participation time, and c) researchers must look beyond interlocutorsā€˜ talk time when addressing issues of tutor appropriation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Henze, Rosemary
Commitee: Mitchell, Linda C., Svorou, Soteria
School: San Jose State University
Department: Linguistics
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Bilingual education, Linguistics, Rhetoric
Keywords: Academic writing, Dialogues, Second-language learners, Writing center, Writing conferences, Writing tutor
Publication Number: 1495036
ISBN: 978-1-124-71332-8
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