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Teaching Effective Source Use

Classroom Approaches That Work
Jennifer A. Mott-Smith, Zuzana Tomaš, and Ilka Kostka


This is a comprehensive and practical resource for teachers who assign source-based writing assignments to second language students in a variety of settings. It may also be of use to those who teach in graduate L2 teacher training programs or Writing across the Curriculum courses, are consultants and tutors in writing centers, or are library faculty working with student researchers.
            The book’s first chapter discusses the ways that plagiarism has traditionally been cast in ethical terms and argues that this frame is not helpful to L2 writers; it stresses that a variety of diverse behaviors have been included under the umbrella of plagiarism (fairly and unfairly) and challenges the stereotyping of L2 writers as plagiarizers through a discussion of culture, language, and identity.
            Subsequent chapters introduce the five approaches for teaching textual reuse—concept, discourse, sentence, process, response—and feature multiple ready-made lessons for each. The book’s final chapter shows how the three authors incorporate the five approaches in the courses they teach: a first-year composition course for L2 writers, a research paper writing course for third- and fourth-year undergraduate L2 writers, and an L2 graduate writing course.
            This resource features a handy overview chart of the lessons to help teachers find the type of lesson they need at any time; it also includes  student writing samples that may be used to help illustrate some of the lessons, as well as graphic organizers and videos. 

Product Details

  • 7 x 10.
  • 224pp.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Paper
  • 2017
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-03689-9

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  • $30.00 U.S.



  • second language writing, academic literacy, English for academic purposes, higher education, teacher training, teacher resource, teaching techniques, lesson planning, plagiarism, prototypical plagiarism, textual reuse, source use, textual ownership, attribution, international students, discourse community, patchwriting, paraphrasing, summarizing, quoting, peer review, self-assessment, corrective feedback, citation styles, note taking, idea organizers, writing process, in-class activities