Wednesday, February 13, 2013

ESL Learners and Academic Writing Challenges

Jalel Guesmi 
Fulbright Teaching Assistant of Arabic 
Modern Languages Department, Ursinus College, PA 

The aim of this paper is to study writing in English as a skill in ESL. The purpose of this research paper is to investigate this issue and bring into discussion queries like how and why ESL learners find it challenging to write academically respecting the norms. Based on my own personal experience in writing and through my observation in my writing class in an American College, this paper seeks to differentiate between varieties of English that non-native speakers happen to mix when they write for academic purposes. Another intention of this present work is to culturally and psychologically interpret and account for the difficulties ESL students face in the process of writing in a linguistic situation when they are deemed to use English as SL in an English speaking country. Finally this paper is meant to inspire teachers of ESL to reflect on these concerns and find the proper teaching tactics and practices to prepare ESL students for such an experience.

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  1. Hello. I will be moving to Tunis in January 2014. I was wondering if anyone had any information or contact details for universities, colleges or language schools there. I have been teaching ESL for over 4 years, have a bachelors degree, and look forward to expanding my career in Tunis. Please email me at Thank you.



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