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Collaborative Writing in L2 Classrooms (New Perspectives on Language and Education)

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Collaborative Writing in L2 Classrooms (New Perspectives on Language and Education)

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    Neomy Storch(Author)
In this first book-length treatment of collaborative writing in second language (L2) classrooms, Neomy Storch provides a theoretical, pedagogical and empirical rationale for the use of collaborative writing activities in L2 classes, as well as some guidelines about how to best implement such activities in both face-to-face and online mode. The book discusses factors that may impact on the nature and outcomes of collaborative writing, and examines the beliefs about language learning that underpin learners' and teachers' attitudes towards pair and group work. The book critically reviews the available body of research on collaborative writing and identifies future research directions, thereby encouraging researchers to continue investigating collaborative writing activities.

At last, a definitive treatment of collaborative writing in second language classrooms! Storch lays out compelling theoretical, empirical and pedagogical rationales for collaborative writing, convincing the reader of its positive impact on language learning. Aware of the challenges teachers face in implementing in-class and online (e.g., wikis) collaborative activities, she provides practical suggestions about task choice, and the collaborative relationships most conducive to language learning. She addresses both cognitive and social-emotive aspects of pair/group work, calling for longitudinal, qualitative research in diverse language learning contexts. --Merrill Swain and Sharon Lapkin, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, CanadaIn this accessible yet authoritative book, Neomy Storch has provided the field with an illuminating, comprehensive, and novel understanding of the role that collaboration (through writing) and L2 writing (in collaborative environments) can play in advancing L2 competencies. The book is therefore a most welcome addition to the expanding SLA-oriented L2 writing scholarship. --Rosa M. Manchón, University of Murcia, SpainCollaborative writing is one of the most exciting new directions in second language writing research and instruction. In this book, Neomy Storch, a leader in this important development, lays a foundation by providing a clear and succinct overview of theoretical and research insights from a wide range of intellectual traditions, including second language acquisition, sociocultural theory, composition studies and, of course, second language writing. This book is a great introduction for teachers who wish to understand the rationale behind collaborative writing and for researchers who wish to identify questions for further explorations of this relatively young yet promising research area with practical implications. --Paul Kei Matsuda, Arizona State University, USA

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  • PDF | 216 pages
  • Neomy Storch(Author)
  • Multilingual Matters (4 July 2011)
  • English
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  • Society, Politics & Philosophy

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