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Fostering metacognitive genre awareness in L2 academic reading and writing: a case study of pre-service English teachers
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2011 (English)In: Journal of second language writing, ISSN 1060-3743, E-ISSN 1873-1422, Vol. 20, no 2, 95-110 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Although the concept of metacognition has received considerable attention for its impact on learning across disciplinary areas, it has not been sufficiently discussed in the context of L2 academic reading and writing. In this paper, we bring together two theoretical frameworks, genre analysis and metacognition theory, and discuss the concept of metacognitive genre awareness. Drawing on the analysis of the data collected from a group of pre-service English teachers at a major Swedish university, we examine the process of building this awareness within ESP genre-based academic reading and writing instruction and show how it influences L2 students’ ability to interpret and compose academic texts. It was found that all study participants developed declarative (what) and procedural (how) metacognitive knowledge of genre-relevant aspects of academic texts, but only a few demonstrated conditional (when and why) knowledge of the genre in their reading analyses and writing assignments. It is concluded that using a metacognition framework to study L2 academic writing provides us with new insights and practical applications for L2 instruction.

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2011. Vol. 20, no 2, 95-110 p.
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L2 academic writing, L2 academic reading, Genre analysis, Metacognition, English for academic purposes
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-61737DOI: 10.1016/j.jslw.2011.02.002ISI: 000290185100001OAI: diva2:437330
Available from: 2011-08-29 Created: 2011-08-29 Last updated: 2012-01-18Bibliographically approved

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