ERIC Number: ED187146
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
A Notional Approach to Writing. CATESOL Occasional Papers, No. 5.
McKay, Sandra Lee
Sample notional writing materials for use with advanced level ESL students are presented. The basic assumption is that effective writing demands a feel for one's audience and a sense of purpose, integrating function (what is being said), situation (to whom it is being said), and grammar (how it is being said). The functions selected are those that students use in writing academic papers. Each lesson begins with exercises introducing expressions for a particular function such as focusing, substantiating, recommending, or predicting. Within each function, students take the roles of different speakers/writers with different purposes in order to practice writing for specific situations. Grammar is related to the expression of a particular situation, fostering both grammatical and communicative competency in writing. Following the practice, peer correction exercises with guidelines reinforce grammatical points and effective writing techniques. (PMJ)
Descriptors: Advanced Students, College Second Language Programs, Communicative Competence (Languages), English (Second Language), Grammar, Language Proficiency, Notional Functional Syllabi, Peer Evaluation, Persuasive Discourse, Rhetoric, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Writing (Composition), Writing Exercises, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Note: Revised version of paper presented at the CATESOL State Conference (San Francisco, CA, March 1978).