Exploring Writer Identity in Mexican EFL Students’ Academic Writing

  • Ruth Roux Rodriguez Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipaas
  • Alberto Mora Vazquez Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas
  • Nelly Paulina Trejo Guzman Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas
Keywords: writer identity, text analysis, pronouns, academic writing, EFL writing.

Abstract

The objective of this study was to explore writer identity in Mexican undergraduate students of Applied Linguistics writing in English. We focused on the participants' use of first person pronouns and the ways in which they conceptualized their identity as authors of their essays. We employed a combination of text analysis and discourse-based interview methodologies. Findings indicate that participants that made ample use of first person pronouns employed them to present personal experiences rather than to project a strong authorial self. By contrast, those who made little use of first person pronouns seemed to project stronger authorial selves by employing a broader range of stylistic choices. The use of first person pronouns is not essential in the development of strong authorial selves. Higher education should provide better opportunities and resources for students to learn how to project a strong authorial presence in the academic texts they write in English.

Received: 27-10-10 / Accepted: 10-06-11

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Roux, Ruth; Mora, A. &Trejo, N. P. (2011). Exploring Writers Identity in Mexican EFL Students’ Academic Writing. Íkala, Revista de Lenguaje y Cultura 16(2), 93-115.

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Author Biographies

Ruth Roux Rodriguez, Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipaas

Ruth Roux holds a Ph. D in Second Language Acquisition / Instructional Technology from the University of South Florida. She teaches in the BA in Applied Linguistics at Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, México. E-mail: rrouxr@uat.edu.mx

Alberto Mora Vazquez, Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas

Alberto Mora holds a Doctoral degree from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. He currently teaches in the BA in Applied Linguistics at Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, México. E-mail: amora@uat.edu.mx

Nelly Paulina Trejo Guzman, Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas

Paulina Trejo holds a Doctoral degree from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. She currently works at the Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, México where she teaches in the BA in Applied Linguistics. E-mail: ntrejo@uat.edu.mx

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Published
2011-08-11
How to Cite
Roux Rodriguez, R., Mora Vazquez, A., & Trejo Guzman, N. P. (2011). Exploring Writer Identity in Mexican EFL Students’ Academic Writing. Íkala, 16(2), 93-115. Retrieved from https://revistas.udea.edu.co/index.php/ikala/article/view/8002
Section
Empirical Studies