Chapter published in:Languaging in Language Learning and Teaching: A collection of empirical studies
Edited by Wataru Suzuki and Neomy Storch
[Language Learning & Language Teaching 55] 2020
► pp. 130–148
Chinese students rewrite a narrative in English
Taking a perspective from sociocultural theory, this study examined the effects of languaging on Chinese university EFL students’ rewriting a story. Multiple sources of data were collected including discussions, co-constructed writings, individual revisions, and interviews. Data analysis found that languaging helped the participants co-construct meaning and solve comprehending and language problems in the process of writing. Languaging was also observed to have immediate, delayed, and ongoing effects on joint writing and individual revision. This study suggests that an opportunity to engage in languaging with the support of source readings and models can facilitate the generation of students’ ideas and expressions necessary for writing and allow them to reflect on their language knowledge in the process of writing and revising.
Keywords: story rewriting task, EFL learner, languaging, models
Published online: 14 August 2020
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