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Teaching Second Language Writing and Writers (with bibliography)

As a result of colleges and universities in North America actively seeking to increase the diversity of the student population, second-language writers have become an integral part of higher education, including writing programs. This statement urges writing teachers and writing program administrators to recognize the regular presence of second-language writers in writing classes, to understand their characteristics, and to develop instructional and administrative practices that are sensitive to their linguistic and cultural needs. The statement also urges the development of graduate programs in writing-related fields to offer courses in second-language writing theory, research, and instruction; it encourages further investigations into issues surrounding second-language writing and writers in the context of writing programs; and it provides a list of guidelines for second-language writers regarding placement, writing assessment, class size, credit-bearing courses, teacher preparation, and teacher support.

Read the full statement, CCCC Statement on Second Language Writing and Writers (January 2001, revised November 2009)

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