Case Study: How an East European Student Learns to Compose in English [report]

Ruth Katon
2000 unpublished
An abstract of the thesis of Ruth Steinfeld Katon for the Master of Arts in TESOL presented August 10, 1994. Title: Case Study: How An East European Student Learns to Compose in English. Since the political climate in the former Soviet bloc has shifted, there is an influx of East Europeans to the United States. As these refugees enter the U.S. educational system in greater numbers, teachers must adapt to the special needs of this population. The intent of this study is to focus on the composing
more » ... skills of a Polish student who enrolled in an English for Non-Native Residents (ENNR) program at an urban university. The investigation examines the contextual framework that supports the subject's literacy experiences by means of a longitudinal case study format Several ethnographic and experimental techniques are used to explore three areas of interest: cultural context, the learning situation, and the composing processes. Multiple sources of data are used to investigate culture and learning, and a single elicitation technique is applied to the study of the writing process. Study of the cultural context suggests that the subject's early education and literacy experiences in Poland strongly influenced her development as a writer of English. Investigation of the classroom context at the university revealed both her preferences and frustrations with teaching and learning experiences. DEDICATION To my husband, Ron, who provided the inspiration and the love that guided this project through to completion, I dedicate this thesis.
doi:10.15760/etd.6654 fatcat:yxubnwxmjjf4nfv5zcmimsczqq