Journal Writing in Second Language Education
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Michigan Press
Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Series Foreword, Acknowledgments
This book on journal writing is for teachers in second and foreign language education who wish to understand the many uses of journal writing in teaching, learning, and research in second language (L2) education. It brings together three perspectives on journal writing that are ordinarily treated separately in books and articles: ...
1. Introduction to Journal Writing
While on some long walks pondering ideas for this book, I found myself asking: Why write a book on journal writing when others have already done so (e.g., Burton & Carroll, 2001; Fulwiler, 1987a; Gardner & Fulwiler, 1999a, 1999b; Mlynarczyk, 1998; Parsons, 2001; Peyton, 1990b; Peyton & Staton, 1991, 1993)? ...
2. Journal Writing with Low-Proficiency Learners
There is no better way to get a feel for what journal writing might mean to a low-proficiency multilingual writer than to try to write a journal ourselves in an L2 in which we are not proficient. I periodically did this with some master’s in TESOL students in a writing methods and practicum class, advising them in the previous class to bring dictionaries or whatever resources they needed. ...
3. Journal Writing with Intermediate-Proficiency Learners
Let me start out by confessing that I don’t know how to answer the first Preview Question that I posed. The category “intermediate-level learner” in my field of ESL/ EFL covers almost everyone besides the most basic beginner and the most advanced speakers and writers. In my work in Japan some years ago, we tried to divide incoming freshman English students into 14 levels/classes ...
4. Journal Writing with Advanced-Proficiency Learners
In the last chapter, I emphasized the great diversity of learner proficiencies within the label “intermediate.” As I mentioned there, it is easier to identify advanced learners, whether by test scores, writing samples, or the ease with which they read, speak, and comprehend the language of instruction. ...
5. Journal Writing in Language Teacher Development
In this chapter, I ask readers to switch from thinking about journal writing with L2 students to their own journal writing as teachers. Whether teachers are novices in a teacher preparation class, as yet with little or no experience teaching L2 learners, or seasoned teachers with many years of experience, journal writing can be used in many ways to deepen and further learning and teaching experiences. ...
6. Journal Writing for Research Purposes
The image of a journal that comes through in the preceding chapters is that of an expressive, introspective, and reflective record of some aspect of our lives as language learners and teachers. I depicted journals as vehicles for promoting reflective thinking and language acquisition and fluency in L2 students and, as we saw in the last chapter, ...
7. Difficult Issues with a Wonderful Practice
This book has provided an overview of the many uses of journal writing, with particular relevance for students, teachers, and researchers in second language education. Whether or not L2 educators teach writing or have an interest in it, journal writing is about writing, and about all the benefits that writing can provide any of us: ...