Research Question: How does knowing foreign languages shape writing skills?
BAUGHMAN, SARAH. "Can a Foreign Language Enhance your Writing?." Write It Sideways RSS. writeitsideways, 8 Sept. 2013. Web. 7 May 2014. .
Sarah Baughman “Reading Lolita, trying to imagine a non-native English speaker writing it, I began to wonder if Nabokov’s knowledge of multiple languages freed him to write more creatively; if, in fact, my own exposure to other languages can in some way help my writing.”
Fascinated by all-time best novel Lolita, Sarah Baughman, an award winning writer and academician, conveys in her article a train of ...view middle of the document...
I sensed the creativity in the latter point. I think it stems from keen observation and profound experience. What this article has failed to mention is the advantage of knowing new cultures that comes along with learning new languages. Tips on helping to learn new languages and on improving proficiency are provided in this article as well.
First language and second language writing: the role of linguistic knowledge, speed of processing and metacognitive knowledge. . Reprint. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2003. Print.
“Writing in one’s Mother tongue is demanding task, which calls upon several languages abilities, as well as upon more general (meta) cognitive abilities. These constituent abilities are in a constant interplay. Writing in a second language (L2) is even more demanding because several of these constituent abilities may be less well developed than in one’s first language (L1).”
This research was conducted by University of Amsterdam using 281 eight-graders in the Netherlands with some knowledge of English as their second language. All of the subjects shared the same mother tongue, which was Dutch. It has been found that those who were proficient in writing in their first language were proficient in writing in the second language as well, regardless to their level of knowledge of the second language. The conclusion is that the prerequisite of a good writer is having some particular cognitive skills called metacognitive skills. Having those metacognitive skills will ensure good writing whether in writer’s first or second language. The added advantages of knowing a second language on writing skills is unapparent in this research because of lacking students control group who knows only their mother language. It is not obvious from this research whether the metacognitive skills are inherent or acquired. Suppose that those skills are inherent and take in consideration the...