Role Of L1 In Second Language Writing

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The Role of L1 in L2 Writing Second Language Writing has historically been a topic of concern for second language learners and teachers. The writing skill is known as a very complex one, since apart from being a skill by itself, it is a set of different skills and steps that we have to work on ir order to achieve the desired product. In addition, it must be taken into account the fact that in Second Language Writing, the writers carry a big bag full of knowledge about rhetorical structures, punctuation norms and linguistic patterns, that are used when writing in their L1 and may not be useful for the L2 writing. The L1 influence in the L2 writing is one of several fields of inquiry in Second Language Writing. Thus, I will refer to this concept, which is addressed in “A Comprehensive Review of Studies on Second Language Writing” by Jun (2008) and “A Brief Historical Sketch of Second Language Writing Studies: A Retrospective” by Fujieda (2006). After reading both texts, some similarities and differences can be identified in regards to the role of L1 when writing in L2. For instance, Kaplan in Fujeda in the text “A Brief Historical Sketch of Second Language Writing Studies: A Retrospective” (2006) points out that rhetorical patterns are transferred from the writer’s native language to the L2. Kaplan also mentions that native speakers of English, usually write using a linear way of writing, going from a general to more specific ideas. As opposed to other rhetorical patterns

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