Effects of Technology-Enhanced Language Learning on Second Language Composition of University-Level Intermediate Spanish Students

learners, however, often have higher academic and more immediate social needs for learning the
language than U.S. students studying a second or foreign language, yet it is important to note the
influence that research in ESL has upon research and practice in foreign language learning and
writing instruction.
The journal Assessing Writing, founded in 1994, focuses on theory, practice and research
concerning writing assessment from traditional to educational and alternative settings in the
workplace. It presents all perspectives on writing assessment, including process, product and
politics. Founded in the early 1980s, Computers and Composition.: An International Journal is
dedicated to exploring issues related to the use of computers in writing classes, writing programs,
and writing research and includes descriptions of computer-aided writing and/or reading
instruction, topics related to computer use or software development; and explorations of ethical,
legal, or social issues related to the use of computers in writing programs. More specific to
language education is the journal Language Learning and Technology, a refereed journal for
foreign and second language educators that began in 1997, published exclusively on the World
Wide Web. All language skills, a variety of technological media, and presentation from
theoretical pieces to product reviews are included in this resource.
Writing in the Foreign Language Curriculum
Despite a great deal of promotion and excitement about the significance of writing to
learning in one's first language as well as English as a Second Language contexts, writing
continues to be the neglected skill in the foreign language curriculum (Greenia, 1992a; Greenia,
1992b; New, 1994/1995; Scott & Terry, 1992) and perhaps not without reason. While writing in
ones first language can be complex enough for some, second language learners are further
challenged because of their incomplete command of grammar and vocabulary with which to

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Oxford, Raquel Malia Nitta. Effects of Technology-Enhanced Language Learning on Second Language Composition of University-Level Intermediate Spanish Students. Denton, Texas. UNT Digital Library. http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc4688/. Accessed October 31, 2014.