Writing to learn and learning to write by shuttling between languages

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This chapter considers how multilingual students might learn to write in different genres for different audiences and write to learn different ways of exploring and representing knowledge by shuttling between languages. It illustrates this possibility by analyzing how an advanced scholar from Sri Lanka switches discourses in recognition of the context of writing in his published research articles in both the vernacular and English, in local and foreign publishing contexts. The switches have implications for the knowledge represented in these articles. The author moves between different levels of descriptiveness, reflexive awareness, and analytical explicitness by moving between the genres and languages. He also adopts different ideological positions in these articles to critically negotiate the expectations of the respective audience and context, demonstrating his agency and voice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLearning-to-Write and Writing-to-Learn in an Additional Language
EditorsRosa M. Manchon
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9789027284839
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameLanguage Learning and Language Teaching
ISSN (Print)1569-9471

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language


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