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Online English Learners’ Metacognitive Knowledge Development about Writing: Implications for Second Language Writing Pedagogy

Naiyi Xie Fincham 1, Guofang Li 2 *
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1 University of Hawaii, USA2 University of British Columbia, Canada* Corresponding Author
Educational Innovations and Emerging Technologies, 1(1), December 2021, 67-83, https://doi.org/10.35745/eiet2021v01.01.0007
Published: 20 November 2021
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ABSTRACT

This case study examines factors that influence the construction and development of English as a foreign language (EFL) learners’ metacognitive knowledge (MCK) about English writing in online learning in China. Drawing upon theories and research in metacognition, writing in a second or foreign language (L2), and distance language learning, we investigated two Chinese EFL learners’ knowledge about themselves as EFL writers and the affordances of second language writing instruction in an online language course over a 16-week semester. Findings suggest that the two learners’ adjustments and revisions of their MCK about EFL writing were influenced by several pedagogical factors, including the task design, online writing instruction, and teacher feedback. Findings from this study have important implications for the design and delivery of writing tasks in online language programs for EFL learners.

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Fincham, N. X., & Li, G. (2021). Online English Learners’ Metacognitive Knowledge Development about Writing: Implications for Second Language Writing Pedagogy. Educational Innovations and Emerging Technologies, 1(1), 67-83. https://doi.org/10.35745/eiet2021v01.01.0007