Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Teaching English as a Second Language
Dr. Bryan Meadows
Dr. Pamela Anderson-Mejias
Dr. Deborah Cole
This paper sheds light on the strategies L2 students use to overcome their difficulties with writing assignments in a mainstream composition class. The findings are based on the composite of data gathered by interviews with students, teachers, students' written reflections on their writing, and surveys. The first part of the findings presents the strategies L2 students employed and the in-depth analysis of each case study reveals students’ rationale. It is concluded that L2 students are, in order to be successful, prepared to put a lot of effort in their writing assignments and that they develop a variety of strategies with which they take the responsibility for dealing with their differences.
University of Texas-Pan American