Issues in Second Language Teaching - Alessandro Benati

Issues in Second Language Teaching - Alessandro Benati

Key Issues in the Teaching of Writing

Issues in Second Language Teaching - Alessandro Benati

Alessandro G. Benati [+-]
University of Portsmouth
Professor Alessandro Benati is Professor of Second Language Acquisition and Head of School of Languages and Area Studies at the University of Portsmouth. He is internationally known for his research in second language learning and teaching, with special emphases on processing instruction. He is a pioneering researcher in the area of second language acquisition (SLA) and has built a reputation on two fronts. On one front, he is a premier Italian language scholar producing the most empirical work on the teaching and acquisition of Italian in the world. On the other front, he is a scholar in the more general field of instructed SLA, with an emphasis on the effects of formal instruction on the acquisition of grammatical properties by second language learners. He has a strong publications record with 12 established monographs, chapters and articles in international journals (Language Awareness, IRAL, and Language Teaching Research).


In this chapter, a process-oriented approach to writing will be examined. This approach engages the writer in the creation of a text rather than just focusing on the final product. A theory of writing which is at the basis of a process-oriented approach to developing writing skills in the language classroom will be presented. Finally, general guidelines as to how to develop effective written tasks that will help learners improve their written skills in a second language will be offered.

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Benati, Alessandro G.. Key Issues in the Teaching of Writing. Issues in Second Language Teaching. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 105 - 112 Apr 2013. ISBN 9781845539269. Date accessed: 26 Mar 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.21616. Apr 2013

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