Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2014

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

Volker Hegelheimer

Abstract

The growth of the international student population in higher education continues to rise. Because of this, traditionally L1 English courses have a growth of second language (L2) writers. This thesis explores the ways in which L2 writers at Iowa State University believe that English 101C (an English as a Second Language course) and English 150 (a first-year composition course) are helping them become better writers. Findings indicate that: students were unsure of the reasons they were placed into English 101C; there is a need for explicit and clear examples in English 101C; students believe the two programs should help students better transition from ESL to FYC courses; and these courses overall provide a foundation for introducing students to of academic writing. Implications from the study suggest a need for the ESL and the first-year composition programs to collaborate and for the ESL program to conduct longitudinal studies that track L2 writers' achievements.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-197

Copyright Owner

Erin Frances Todey

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

152 pages

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