LA 6.4 Error Analysis of Student Writing


Learning Outcome Pedagogical Intent Student Position

Identify and analyze linguistic patterns of development in student work to promote second language development.

Assessment: 25 pts.

TA: 30 Minutes

Teachers can learn a system for analyzing student writing and apply it in their work with second language learners in their classrooms.

Students will soon be asked to provide a sophisticated analysis of their student’s writing. They need direction in developing that analysis. They will now learn the points they need to analyze to prepare to work with a student who is an English learner.


  1. Look at the Pattern concept on the Second Language Acquisition tool chart. Read through the Teacher Workand Student Workfor this concept.
  2. The facilitator will model how to use the Language Systems Inventory and WIDA Can-Do Descriptors formsenlisting the help of class members as they work through it.
  3. Answer the following questions about yourstudent’swriting:(on the back of the language systems inventory sheet):
      1. What rules or structures does the student seem to currently have control of?
      2. On what rules or structures does the student seem to be currently working?
      3. On the basis of this work sample, at what stage is the student: beginning, intermediate or advanced?
      4. What should the student focus on next to support his/her language development?