Originally written by Dr. James S. Davis in September, 2008
Multilingual writing research and the experiences of adept teachers suggest that new language writing develops in ways similar to the development of first language writing, thus approaches known to benefit early writing of native English speakers should help those learning to write in English. Immersing English language learners in writing as soon, yet as sensitively and gradually as possible, will encourage their development in oral and print uses of language. One effective approach to such immersion is through a process conscious writing workshop.
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