“HOW DO I RESPOND?”: AN EXAMINATION OF
SECOND LANGUAGE WRITING TEACHER CANDIDATES’
RESPONSES TO MULTILINGUAL STUDENT WRITERS
Dr. Cate Crosby, Faculty
TESOL& Applied Linguistics Program
Teachers College, Columbia University
Because of the diverse linguistic and educational backgrounds multilingual writers bring to the writing process, second language writing (SLW) teachers are presented with unique writing challenges to address in the classroom. Moreover, the experience SLW instructors have with providing feedback to multilingual writers often addresses local errors in writing rather than global. Finally, because writing feedback is one of the most common ways to instruct multilingual writers on how to improve their writing, there is the need for it to be comprehensible. However, it is often the case that this is not so (Stern & Solomon, 2006). This brown bag presents the results of a study of ten SLW teacher candidates’ responses to U.S.-educated multilingual writers that was carried out in a first year writing course for the purpose of learning about writing errors and providing feedback. Results show the teacher candidates developed a strong sense of the multilingual writers’ academic literacy needs and greater confidence in responding to global and local writing issues.
Link to the Brown Bag Presentation - Spring 2016 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Cq-Y97PpUc