Paiz, Joshua, "Expanding Audiences for Online Writing Labs: OWLs in the English as a Foreign Language Context" (2014). Purdue Writing Lab/Purdue OWL Graduate Student Presentations. Paper 5.
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writing center, online writing lab, ESL, EFL, L2, L2 writing
This presentation from the 2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) discusses online writing labs (OWLs), specifically the Purdue OWL, in the traditionally-defined English as a foreign language (EFL) context. The ELF context often presents unique challenges for the teaching of English writing, including challenges of finding appropriate resources. This may lead EFL writing practitioners to rely on the information presented by OWLs to supplement their teaching. However, many OWLs were originally designed for the so-called native speaker (North American, UK, Australian, New Zealand) audience. This raises the question of whether or not OWLs are meeting the needs of EFL practitioners.