Task representation, an interpretative process of the rhetorical task that weaves itself throughout the composing processes (Flower, 1990), is a significant yet under-examined issue in second language (L2) writing. To learn more about this issue, in this study, I examined six advanced ESL writers' interpretation processes of a reading-to-write task and the impact of their previous writing experience on their representations of the current task. Data were collected via a questionnaire, think-aloud protocols, interviews, and participants' written texts. The findings of the study suggest that L2 writers' literacy history plays a significant role in their construction of a writing task, affecting the strategies they use when they plan and select their material.Very often, he would write argumentative essays after reading a passage, but sometimes he would also practice formal ... years in an international school in her home country and had been writing English papers regularly ever since 7th grade.
|Title||:||Task Representation and Second Language Writers' Prior Writing Experience: A Case Study|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2006|