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A Cognitive Study of Moroccans Writing in Arabic(L1) and English(L3): Writing ability, processes, rhetorical genres, language, gender

Latifa El Mortaji

ISBN 10: 3639275578 / ISBN 13: 9783639275575
Published by VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, 2010
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Title: A Cognitive Study of Moroccans Writing in ...

Publisher: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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The book investigates the writing processes of multilingual Moroccan University students writing in two different rhetorical genres in Arabic (L1) and English (L3). It reports on the protocols obtained from eighteen subjects, analyzed both quantitatively and qualitatively, which should help shed light on the effects of the factors of writing skill, discourse type, language, gender, purpose/audience specification, and topic familiarity on the subjects' composing strategies. It also considers to what extent the subjects' affect, prior knowledge and awareness of discourse conventions contribute to their understanding of what writing really involves, and affect their approaches to and the quality of their writing. The book also provides a comprehensive discussion of the complex phenomenon of transfer and language-switch which involves the use of up to four languages while composing in English. The composing strategies revealed are presented in a L1/L3 composing process model. This book will be useful to researchers and teachers interested in the composing processes of Arab learners and multilingual writers writing in English as a second or a foreign language.

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Latifa El Mortaji received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Essex University, England, in 1990 and 2001. She holds the position of Assistant Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. Her research interests include EFL writing processes, and writing, gender and culture.

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