Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Teaching English as a Second Language

First Advisor

Dr. Bryan Meadows

Second Advisor

Dr. Pamela Anderson-Mejias

Third Advisor

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.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American