Performing Argumentative Writing in English: Difficulties, Processes, and Strategies

  • Wei Zhu

Abstract

Argumentative writing constitutes an important part of second-language learners' academic writing experience in North America. This study examined the difficulties a group of Mexican graduate students encountered when engaged in an argumentative writing task as well as their writing processes and strategies. Data were collected from individual interviews with the participants and from participants' written essays. Data analysis indicated that most participants perceived the rhetorical aspects of English argumentative writing as difficult. Data analysis also indicated that participants mainly used cognitive, social, and search strategies, whereas metacognitive strategies were used infrequently. Potential implications of the study for second-language writing instruction are discussed.
Published
2001-10-30
How to Cite
Zhu, W. (2001). Performing Argumentative Writing in English: Difficulties, Processes, and Strategies. TESL Canada Journal, 19(1), 34-50. https://doi.org/10.18806/tesl.v19i1.918
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