L1 use in L2 academic essays

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dc.contributor.author Bacha, Nahla N.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-05T10:30:08Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-05T10:30:08Z
dc.date.copyright 2017 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1923-8703 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/8004
dc.description.abstract Research findings indicate conflicting views as to interference from L1 rhetorical patterns in the essays written by students whose first language is not English. Essays are still considered important for required assignments and exams in institutions of higher learning, but the challenge for L1 Arabic students is to express their ideas clearly. Although there have been studies of the use of L1 in L2 writing, there are very few rigorous ones done on L1 Arabic texts in Lebanon and specifically from the students’ viewpoint. This study aims to evaluate, holistically and analytically, according to language, organization and content, the expository academic essays written by first year university L1 Arabic students and to examine any significant correlation between these scores and the quality of these essays through content analysis. In addition, students’ perceptions of any problems they have in writing the academic essay are surveyed through a questionnaire. Results indicate a significant positive correlation between students’ essay scores and the content analysis. However, findings from the student questionnaire revealed that they do not view any significant interference from L1 nor any significant problems in writing the academic essays which are contrary to the essay scores and content analysis results. Recommendations are made for L2 contexts and future research. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title L1 use in L2 academic essays en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.title.subtitle a study of L1 Arabic writers’ views en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 198790030 en_US
dc.author.department English en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal International Journal of English Linguistics en_US
dc.journal.volume 8 en_US
dc.journal.issue 2 en_US
dc.keywords L2 writing en_US
dc.keywords L1 Arabic students en_US
dc.keywords Academic essays en_US
dc.keywords Lebanon en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Bacha, N. N. (2017). L1 Use in L2 Academic Essays: A Study of L1 Arabic Writers’ Views. International Journal of English Linguistics, 8(2), 15. en_US
dc.author.email nbacha@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/ijel/article/view/72619 en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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