Developing L2 and Multilingual Students' Identities as Writers: Acquiring a Voice

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 4 examines how students can develop and express a sense of identity through writing. There is currently a limited understanding of incorporating digital literacy into the teaching of languages to multilingual (or translingual) speakers, a gap demanding future research and suggesting the need to develop new guidelines for pedagogical methodology. In this chapter, the authors explain how contextual factors (such as linguistic background, dialects, and mixed populations in the same classroom) enrich student writers’ socialization and identity development. After discussing the value of digital literacies in supporting students’ writing practices, the authors examine how teachers’ understanding of literacies influences pedagogical and practical considerations in educational settings.

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Oskoz, Ana; Elola, Idoia. Developing L2 and Multilingual Students' Identities as Writers: Acquiring a Voice. Digital L2 Writing Literacies - Directions for Classroom Practice. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Sep 2020. ISBN 9781781796931. Date accessed: 02 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34289. Sep 2020

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