Gen 1.5 writers

I don’t know how many Hispanic Gen 1.5 students I’ll be working with at OSU, but I don’t want to lose track of some of the articles I’ve found/used over the last couple years.

Barr, Linda. “Culture: Expectations and Differences, Generation 1.5 Students” in “Tutoring the ESL Student” an online workshop by ATP (Association of Tutoring Professionals). Fall 2005.

Barr emphasizes that developmental English classes (reading and writing classes) often don’t help Gen 1.5 students very well. Of course, that’s because those classes are aimed more at native speakers. Where developmental reading classes, she points out, may focus on teaching the student to find main and supporting points, “Generation 1.5 students may need help with idiomatic speech and coolocation.” And “writing classes also miss the boat” because they usually aim at native speakers and don’t teach things like common rhetorical forms, vocabulary, and grammar.

Harklau, Linda, Kay M. Losey, and Meryl Siegal, eds. Generation 1.5 Meets College Composition: Issues in the Teaching of Writing to U.S.-Educated Learners of ESL. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erblaum Associates, 1999.

Harklau, Linda. “Generation 1.5 Students and College Writing” (digest of Generation 1.5 Meets College Composition)

Mendez Newman, Beatrice. “Centering in the Borderlands: Lessons from Hispanic Student Writers.” Writing Center Journal 23.2 (2003): 45-64. [The WCJ website shows the sub-title as “The Writing Center at Hispanic-Serving Institutions”]

Roberge, Mark. “California’s Generation 1.5 Immigrants: What Experiences, Characteristics and Needs Do They Bring to our English Classes” CATESOL Journal 14.1 (2002): 101-129. [The whole issue is focused on Generation 1.5.]

Russikoff, Karen. “Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation 1.5” Rev. of Generation 1.5 Meets College Composition: Issues in the Teaching of Writing to U.S.-Educated Learners of ESL, ed. by Linda Harklau, Kay M. Losey, and Meryl Siegal. Language Magazine Sept. 2001 [?].

Russikoff points out that “The term “Generation 1.5” was coined by researchers Rumbaut and Ima in 1988 to describe students who emigrated to the U.S. and who have received at least some of their education here.”

Singhal, Meena. “Academic Writing and Generation 1.5: Generational Goals and Instructional Issues in the College Composition Classroom” The Reading Matrix 4.3 (2004).

Thonus, Terese. “Serving Generation 1.5 Learners in the University Writing Center — Appropriately trained writing tutors help address the distinct learning needs of students often overlooked requiring ESL support.” TESOL Journal 12.1 (2003): 17-24.

PLUS there’s the section on Gen 1.5 I wrote for our “YVCC Writing Consultant Handbook.”

Gen 1.0 — immigrated as an adult
Gen 1.5 — immigrated as a adolescent
Gen 2.0 — child of immigrants, born in U.S. (or other English-speaking country), so a native speaker
… which makes me something like a Gen 8.0 or Gen 9.0. Except Native Americans, we’re all Gen-somethings.


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