This Handbook critically examines research and theoretical issues that impact writing development from the early years through to adulthood. It provides those researching or teaching literacy with one of the most academically authoritative and comprehensive works in the field. With expert contributors from across the world, the book represents a detailed and valuable overview of a complex area of study.

Meeting the Needs of Advanced Multilingual Writers

Meeting the Needs of Advanced Multilingual Writers

Meeting the needs of advanced multilingual writers

This chapter highlights key challenges faced by diverse adult writers for whom English is not a first language (L1). We limit ourselves to academic literacy, bearing in mind that there are many other personal and professional genres of writing that are important for multilinguals. We establish globalism and postmodernism as important sociocultural and philosophical lenses through which to view multilingual writers and describe the critical debates that relate to how teachers and researchers have addressed the development of literacy competence in tertiary educational contexts. Finally, we outline a socially situated pedagogy to integrate the diverse components that meet the needs of successful multilingual writers and address the challenges ahead.

Defining Advanced Multilingual Writers

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