This study explored knowledge transfer from the first-year ESL writing classes to writing in the business and engineering disciplines at one university. Aspects of case studies of six international students' writing in the two disciplines, together with interviews with their instructors, were discussed to demonstrate transferability and non-transferability of skill sets taught in ESL writing classes. Knowledge transfer happened when the students successfully utilized their previously learned writing skills required for the particular tasks in their specific disciplines. When they perceived that the writing assignments given in new writing contexts differed from what they experienced in their ESL writing classes, the students reportedly failed to transfer previously learned writing knowledge. Suggestions for effectively working with international students in their specific fields of study were also discussed, to help begin to demystify characteristics of ESL writing in the disciplines.The three main writing assignmentsaa personal essay, a single-source essay, and a multiple-source essayaare designed to help ESL students enter the writing process, and they are required to plan, draft, revise, and edit their essays.
|Title||:||Transfer of Knowledge from First-year ESL Writing Classes to Writing in the Disciplines: Case Studies of Writing Across the Curriculum|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2007|