Second Language Writing in English

Ilona Leki

in The Oxford Handbook of Applied Linguistics

Second edition

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780195384253
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Second Language Writing in English


Second language writing in English is the focal point of this article. Modern second language writing instruction and research have gradually broadened their perspective by shifting the focus from texts, to processes, to disciplinary and sociopolitical contexts. The fortunes of second language writing have certainly expanded in modern times. At one time second language writing was viewed as no more than a handmaid to all other language skills, a means of reinforcing the acquisition of grammatical and vocabulary knowledge. Now, writing is considered by some as a privileged means for effecting democratic change toward a more just and equitable sociopolitical order through the potential participation in public written debate of traditionally dominated voices.

Keywords: second language; writing; sociopolitical context; grammatical knowledge; democratic change

Article.  4354 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Language Acquisition

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