Cross-Linguistic Transfer of Writing Strategies

Cross-Linguistic Transfer of Writing Strategies

Interactions between Foreign Language and First Language Classrooms

Karen Forbes


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In the context of increasingly multilingual global educational settings, this book provides a timely exploration of the phenomenon of cross-linguistic transfer of writing strategies (in particular, transfer from the foreign language to the first language) and presents a compelling case for a multilingual approach to writing pedagogy. The book presents evidence from a classroom-based intervention study conducted in a secondary school in England on cross-linguistic strategy transfer. It suggests that even beginner or low proficiency foreign language learners can develop effective skills and strategies in the foreign language classroom which can also positively influence writing in other languages, including their first language. This book ultimately encourages more joined-up, cross-curricular, cross-linguistic thinking related to language in schools by exploring the potential for collaboration between languages teachers.


Karen Forbes:

Karen Forbes is a Lecturer in Second Language Education in the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK. She is the editor of the Cambridge Journal of Education. Her research interests include the development and cross-linguistic transfer of language learning strategies, and the influence of multilingual identity on foreign language learning.