A study of Japanese university students learning English academic writing

James Mckinley

Research output: Chapter or section in a book/report/conference proceedingChapter in a published conference proceeding

67 Downloads (Pure)


In an attempt to better understand the issues faced by students of English composition in a Japanese university, several student volunteers were observed and interviewed over the year of their course (April 2007 – February 2008). Based on the data collected with two students in particular, it seems clear that beyond basic language structure and organization issues, these students faced the greatest
challenge when it came to developing critical argument and establishing writer identity. For the purposes of this paper, a background literature review is provided, followed by a brief description of the research context. A narrative discussion of some preliminary findings in the data with these two students follows. Finally, suggestions for addressing these issues in a university EFL writing classroom are given.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication14th National Association of Teachers of English (NATE) @ 7th Far Eastern English Language Teachers Association (FEELTA) Conference Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010
EventFEELTA Conference - Far Eastern National University, Vladivostok, Russian Federation
Duration: 1 Jun 2008 → …


ConferenceFEELTA Conference
Country/TerritoryRussian Federation
Period1/06/08 → …


Dive into the research topics of 'A study of Japanese university students learning English academic writing'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this