Contrastive Conversations with International Students of Law
The Second Draft, Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 32-36, Spring 2016
7 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2016
Date Written: April 1, 2016
International students who have trained as lawyers abroad need meaningful and contextualized opportunities to make discoveries about differences between the writing they have been trained to produce and the writing they are expected to produce. Writing Specialists are in a unique position to engage them in individualized assessment, examine their writing closely, and determine which writing conventions and practices may be affecting their efforts to produce U.S.-style legal writing. This essay describes how Writing Specialists can use methods from contrastive rhetoric to discuss writing conventions and linguistic variation with international students.
Keywords: legal writing, contrastive rhetoric, linguistics, foreign students, ESL
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