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ERIC Number: ED163464
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Learning and Acquisition: Two Paths to Writing.
Kroll, Barbara
Second language learning research suggests the existence of a theoretical device (a monitor) that can examine an utterance for grammaticality and appropriateness. The monitor theory gives insight into the process that native language speakers follow in learning to write their own language. The monitor can be developed consciously (learning) or unconsciously (acquisition) just as various aspects of writing are developed unconsciously while other aspects are learned. Studies indicating that students who have writing experience and students who read a lot are better writers than are other students imply that a combination of learning and acquisition is at work in making a good writer. Good writers also tend to spend more time writing, rewriting, and rereading their essays than poorer writers, implying that they are referring to a monitoring device. The composition class should be a place for monitor-building (learning) and for acquisition as students become able to utilize both these channels on the path to production. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Monitor Theory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (29th, Denver, Colorado, March 30-April 1, 1978)