Exploring Academic Writing and Voice in ESL Writing.


  • Doris Correa Universidad de Antioquia




academic writing approaches, pre-process approaches, process approaches, post-process approaches, ESL writing, ESL writing methodologies.


This literature review explores two basic questions: First, why have English as a Second Language (ESL)/English as a Foreign Language (EFL) academic writing courses not been able to significantly help ESL/EFL students meet the academic writing demands of their university courses? Second, how can ESL/EFL writing instructors better help these students succeed in their undergraduate courses? To respond to these questions, the author reviews how notions of academic writing, text, and voice have changed over time, and how these changes have influenced (ESL) and (EFL) writing approaches and methodologies. The author also presents some of the critiques that scholars have posed regarding each of these notions, approaches and methodologies, and draws some conclusions based on these critiques.

Received: 13-11-07 / Accepted: 08-12-08

How to reference this article:

Correa, D. (2009). Exploring Academic Writing and Voice in ESL Writing.Íkala. 14(1), pp.103-132.


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Author Biography

Doris Correa, Universidad de Antioquia

Doris Correa graduated from the School of Languages at Universidad de Antioquia in 1990. She has a graduate degree in Foreign language Teaching from Universidad de Antioquia. She also has a Master of Education and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is now a lecturer and a member of the Grupo de Investigación Acción y Evaluación en Lenguas Extranjeras (GIAE) at Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia.




How to Cite

Correa, D. (2009). Exploring Academic Writing and Voice in ESL Writing. Íkala, Revista De Lenguaje Y Cultura, 14(1), 103–132. https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.ikala.2667