Writing in a New Environment: Saudi ESL Students Learning Academic Writing

dc.contributor.authorSaba, Maggie Samien
dc.contributor.committeechairCarter-Tod, Sheila L.en
dc.contributor.committeememberFowler, Shelli B.en
dc.contributor.committeememberGeorge, Diana L.en
dc.contributor.committeememberBelanger, Kelly R.en
dc.contributor.committeememberParedes, Elsie Elenaen
dc.contributor.departmentEnglishen
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-04T06:00:28Zen
dc.date.available2015-07-04T06:00:28Zen
dc.date.issued2014-01-09en
dc.description.abstractThis qualitative case study sought to gain a deeper understanding of the obstacles that students from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia face when learning English in a writing course that implements critical thinking and writing process pedagogy. The study took place over five months at the Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute in spring 2012. While ten participants--six female and four male Saudi Arabian ESL students--participated in this study, these findings focus primarily on one male and one female student. The aim of this focus was to give a rich and in-depth description of the two students. Two main queries guided this study: 1) How do sex differences affect Saudi students' perception of their teachers' and peers' authority? 2) How do those perceptions affect their development as writers and critical thinkers when learning in an intensive writing course at the high intermediate level? The researcher documented data through three sources: classroom observation, interviews with ESL students and teachers, and student writing samples.en
dc.description.degreePh. D.en
dc.format.mediumETDen
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:2020en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/54012en
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectcritical thinkingen
dc.subjectwritingen
dc.subjectESLen
dc.titleWriting in a New Environment: Saudi ESL Students Learning Academic Writingen
dc.typeDissertationen
thesis.degree.disciplineRhetoric and Writingen
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en
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