Transforming L2 Writing: New Writing Tools, New Genres, New Ways of Writing

Digital L2 Writing Literacies - Directions for Classroom Practice - Ana Oskoz

Ana Oskoz [+-]
University of Maryland Baltimore County
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Ana Oskoz is Professor of Spanish at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), USA. Her research is on the applications of technologies to language learning. In particular, it focuses on the use of computer-mediated communication (CMC) and social tools to enhance the development of second language writing and intercultural competence development. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on these topics. She is currently co-editor of CALICO Journal.
Idoia Elola [+-]
Texas Tech University
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Idoia Elola is Associate Professor of Spanish and Applied Linguistics at Texas Tech University, USA. Her research focuses on second language writing, collaborative and individual writing when using social tools, digital literacy and the use of multimodal texts, Spanish heritage language learners’ writing processes, and revision and feedback. Her work has been published in national and international journals and specialized books.


Chapter 2 focuses on the new digital tools that can be used in L2 writing and on how they open up new digital genres that require a deeper understanding of the linkages of language to sociolinguistic and cultural norms. The emergence of these tools and genres raises the question of how to address digital multimodality in the L2 context and how to equip L2 writers with the appropriate linguistic and rhetorical knowledge to ensure their successful participation in a wide range of new and distinctive discourse practices. The authors stress the need for language teachers and researchers to understand the influence that the affordances of the various tools have on writing processes, on content and linguistic development, on multimodal composition. and on the interactions that L2 writers have with their audience. Practical examples are provided to illustrate how to incorporate new tools and their corresponding genres into language courses.

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Oskoz, Ana; Elola, Idoia. Transforming L2 Writing: New Writing Tools, New Genres, New Ways of Writing. Digital L2 Writing Literacies - Directions for Classroom Practice. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Sep 2020. ISBN 9781781796931. Date accessed: 08 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34287. Sep 2020

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