Roles of Metalinguistic Awareness and Academic Extensive Reading in the Development of EFL/ESL Academic Writing Skills

Grace H. Wang, Seok-Dong Wang


This paper argues that the development of academic writing proficiency may require both explicit metalinguistic awareness (MA) and extensive reading (ER) of academic texts. Specifically, it argues that: (a) there may be a connection between explicit MA and the development of writing skills; (b) there is a connection between ER and the development of writing skills, but academic ER may be required for development of academic writing skills; (c) there may be a connection between explicit MA and the development of reading skills, which may be exploited for the development of academic ER skills, which in turn supports the development of academic writing skills. 


explicit metalinguistic awareness; implicit metalinguistic awareness; extensive reading; explicit grammar instruction; English for academic purpose; university; reading; writing; English as a second/foreign language

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