ERIC Number: ED237656
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec-2
Reference Count: 0
An Introduction to the Process-Conference Approach to the Teaching of Writing Skills in ABE Programs.
Rutledge, George E.
Writing is an important tool in teaching skills to adult basic education (ABE) students. To be a successful teacher of writing, teachers must be successful writers. They must be aware of the writing process and willing to use it daily in their own lives in order to convey its importance and its usefulness to their students. One method of teaching writing to ABE students is to conduct a "Writing for Life" program in the regular basic skills classes. In this method, teachers first make the students feel comfortable about writing, then lead them through the prewriting skills (such as lists, random words, outlines, planning), and finally through the composition process as a regular part of the class. Sometimes the subject of the writing can be the students' personal experiences and life stories, while at other times writing is used to reflect back and clarify thought on subject matter such as mathematics lessons. One aspect of this method is the process-conference approach, a proven, workable way to help ABE students become more confident and capable writers. Process-conference teachers do not assign topics in advance and then make extensive corrections after the writing is finished. Their students choose their own topics, then the teacher works with the students through a series of drafts, talking to the students privately, six or more conferences of one to five minutes each. In the conference, teachers ask questions to help students look at and think about their works. These techniques can help ABE students to become better writers, better learners, better thinkers, and happier human beings. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Program; Teacher Student Conferences; Writing for Life
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Philadelphia, PA, November 29-December 2, 1983).