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Exploring second language writers' pausing and revision behaviours: A mixed methods study

Révész, AJ; Michel, M; Lee, M; (2019) Exploring second language writers' pausing and revision behaviours: A mixed methods study. Studies in Second Language Acquisition (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

This study investigated the cognitive processes underlying pauses at different textual locations (e.g., within/between words) and various levels of revision (e.g., below word/clause). We used stimulated recall, keystroke logging and eye-tracking methodology in combination to examine pausing and revision behaviors. Thirty advanced Chinese L2 users of English performed a version of the IELTS Academic Writing Task 2. During the writing task, participants' key strokes were logged and their eye-movements were recorded. Immediately after the writing task, twelve participants also took part in a stimulated recall interview. The results revealed that, when participants paused at larger textual units, they were more likely to look back further in the text and engage in higher-order writing processes. In contrast, during pauses at lower textual units, they tended to view areas closer to the inscription point and engage in lower-order writing processes. Prior to making a revision, participants most frequently had viewed the text that they subsequently revised or their eye-gazes had been offscreen. Revisions focused more on language- than content-related issues, but there was a smaller difference in the number of language- and content-focused stimulated recall comments when larger textual units were revised.

Type: Article
Title: Exploring second language writers' pausing and revision behaviours: A mixed methods study
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/studies-in...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10068671
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