Ann Raimes Language Transfer: Tip Sheets for Ten Languages Research shows that transfer from the native language is not the most common cause of error, at least in written English. However, when it occurs, it is often the most baffling to readers and the most intractable for writing instructors. It is interesting both for student writers and their instructors to consider the linguistic complexities that writing in English demands of ESL students. If you have several students in your class from the same linguistic and cultural background, the information in these lists should be useful to you if you come across puzzling errors that you find difficult to explain. Some of the error types may be more common at beginning levels of language learning, however, when writers grapple with challenging new ideas and difficult reading material, their command over syntax and grammar may lapse as they fall back on the familiar structures of the native language while making sense of new material.

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A new Part 5, Technology: For Communication, Document Design, and Work, presents the latest information on writing for online readers, e-mail discussion lists, and chatrooms. Ample illustrations--including a sample student web site and an online scannable resume--and easy-to-understand explanations address web site and document design as well as work-related documents. The new full-color design highlights important information and clearly depicts web graphics, charts, and other visuals.

Completely up-to-date documentation coverage features the latest MLA and APA styles, as updated on their respective web sites, the Columbia Guide to Online Style, many new student examples, and a new studentpaper.

Two rows of color-coded divider tabs aid students in finding information quickly. Red tabs Parts cover whole paper issues: the writing process, research and documentation, online and business writing, and document design. Gold tabs Parts cover sentence-level issues such as usage, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.

Color-coded Key to the Book, an initial menu page, aligns the table of contents with the divider tabs to help students flip directly to the part they need. Its colors correspond to those of the divider tabs.

Unique moveable KeyTabs serve as bookmarks, extended margins, or note cards, and enable students to customize the book for quick access to the information they decide they need most.

Key Points boxes present concise summaries and checklists to highlight vital information and encourage the development of editing and critical-thinking skills. Updated and expanded information includes a new section on evaluating sources, a new source list for 24 disciplines, compiled in consultation with 19 college librarians, and a thoroughly revised section on the process of writing a research paper.

The expanded Writing an Argument section includes a sample student argument paper on telemarketing. Students learn to formulate an argument, support it with evidence, and address opposing views. Content changes and additions include integrated ESL coverage throughout, and increased emphasis on style, critical thinking, and writing across the curriculum.


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New co-author Susan Miller-Cochran brings to this edition a framework for critical thinking that offers students a method for understanding and approaching rhetorical situations. Additionally, new exercises at the end of most parts let students check their understanding. In the documentation sections, Source Shots provide visual examples of how to document sources from print to Internet sources and from encyclopedia articles to MP3 selections. A new focus on writing in the disciplines helps students carry the framework for critical thinking into a variety of academic contexts, while new guidelines for thinking critically about sources helps students apply the framework to source evaluation. A new design provides stronger visual presentation of concepts to help students learn to think critically about their writing and use of sources.


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