Helping L2 students overcome negative writing affect

  • Muhammad M. M. Abdel Latif Cairo University
Keywords: WRITING AFFECT, WRITING MOTIVATION, WRITERS’ APPREHENSION, WRITERS’ SELF-EFFICACY, WRITERS' ANXIETY

Abstract

Affect is an important predictor of writers’ performance. Though writing affect has been researched since the mid-1970s, few works have addressed the ways to motivate students to write and/or help them avoid demotivation. This paper suggests some guidelines that teachers can follow to help L2 students overcome negative writing affect. After briefly highlighting the aspects of negative writing affect and describing its causes, the paper provides five main guidelines for helping demotivated L2 students to write. These guidelines are: improving students’ linguistic knowledge, integrating technological tools in writing instruction, nurturing students’ positive beliefs about writing, optimizing teacher feedback, and orchestrating peer assessment activities. The first two pedagogical guidelines are concerned with fostering students’ positive writing affect indirectly through enabling them to overcome their composing problems and write in a supportive environment, whereas the last three focus on enhancing it directly by nurturing their positive beliefs about and attitudes towards writing. Each guideline is rationalized and described in detail. 

Author Biography

Muhammad M. M. Abdel Latif, Cairo University

Dr Muhammad M. M. Abdel Latif is a lecturer of TESOL at the Faculty of Graduate Studies of Education, Cairo University, Egypt. His research was granted some prestigious international awards, including the ACTFL-MLJ 2009 Emma Marie Birkmaier Doctoral Dissertation Award, and the CMLR 2009 Best Graduate Student Paper. He has published in ranked and wellknown international journals such as Applied Linguistics, System, Journal of Research in Reading, Canadian Modern Language Review, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Higher Education Research & Development, European Journal of Teacher Education, and English Teaching: Practice & Critique. ORCID: 0000-0003-4002-822X

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Published
2019-06-20
How to Cite
Abdel Latif, M. (2019). Helping L2 students overcome negative writing affect. Writing & Pedagogy, 11(1), 151-163. https://doi.org/10.1558/wap.38569
Section
Reflections on Practice

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