Meaning-making in two languages: letters of young writers

7 December 2011

This seminar, hosted by the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Research Network, will showcase the work of Dr Eva Lindgren and Dr Marie Stevenson, who analysed the textural and rhetorical features of letters by 73 Swedish 11 year olds who were asked to write to twice to penfriends, once in Swedish and once in English. The study sought to demonstrate the achievements and strategies by which young writers communicate meaning in their second language. The researchers will present their preliminary finding and will welcome audience questions and comments.

Dr Eva Lindgren is a senior lecturer at UmeƄ University in Northern Sweden. She is a visiting scholar at the Faculty of Education and Social Work between October and December. Lindgren's research interests include foreign language acquisition, writing development and writing processes.

Dr Marie Stevenson is a lecturer in TESOL at the University of Sydney. She lectures in the areas of literacy, grammar, discourse and teaching methodology. Her main research interests are second language reading and writing, from both a cognitive and a discourse perspective.

Time: 4-5pm

Location: Room 459, Education Building

Cost: Free

Contact: Aek Phakiti

Phone: +61 2 9351 6312

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