ERIC Number: ED240885
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
What Do University EFL Students Write about in Dialogue Journals?
Meloni, Christine F.
WATESOL Working Papers, n1 p14-20 Fall-Win 1983-84
A topical analysis of the dialogue journals written by seven of one university faculty member's students of English as a foreign language (EFL) is presented. Examination of the first ten entries in the journals revealed five general topic categories: academic, personal, cultural, interpersonal, and general interest. The ten samples are provided. It is concluded that no clear pattern of topic exists in the samples, probably because the journals are a personal, individual activity that students use to meet individual needs. One fact noted was that the students with the highest percentage of personal topics were not only Latin Americans but also the only graduate students of the sample. Further research in the measurable benefits of the use of dialogue journals is recommended. A chart of topic frequency is appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Dialogue Journals
Note: Revised version of a paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Washington Area Teachers of English as a Second Language (4th, Washington D.C., 1983).