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. 198–215
Talking to self while writing
Second-language writers’ languaging processes and reflections
Despite ample research on the positive effects of languaging with peers, research on languaging with oneself has received limited attention. Drawing on sociocultural theory, I examine how second language (L2) writers language with themselves while composing, and how they perceive the role of languaging in their L2 writing. Twenty university English language learners wrote an essay individually. While writing, they were encouraged to speak aloud to themselves but it was not a requirement. The analyses of languaging, stimulated recall and interview protocols showed that the learners used languaging to facilitate their composing processes using different verbal scaffolds. There were, however, individual differences in the production of languaging and attitudes towards languaging as a self-regulatory tool to mediate L2 writing.
Keywords: scaffolding, second language writing, speech-for-self, private speech, learner perspective
Published online: 14 August 2020
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