If you’ve ever read a student’s work and thought to yourself, “Wow! This student has said absolutely nothing, but they’ve said it very well!” you might like this interactive workshop. First, we’ll examine the tools available to help second language writers compose texts that are more cohesive. The workshop then walks attendees through a three-strand approach to addressing cohesion in second language writing. This approach promotes (a) the analysis of how information is structured in authentic texts, (b) the development of productive vocabulary knowledge, and (c) attention to vocabulary and information structure as part of the revision process of writing.
Bio: Mark D. Johnson is assistant professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL at East Carolina University, where he teaches courses in second language acquisition and linguistics. His research focuses on cognition and working memory in second language writing as well as the role of vocabulary in second language writing performance.