ERIC Number: ED254105
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Developing Writing Proficiency for the Lower-Level Foreign Language Student.
DeBoer, Valetta Jane
OMLTA Journal, p33-38 1984
Learning to communicate is important for today's foreign language student, and it is important to provide meaningful communicative experiences in writing as well as speaking the language. A letter exchange between peers can provide a meaningful and exciting writing experience for lower-level students. While not entirely without problems, arranging such an experience has many advantages. It allows students to build on their own experiences but to communicate at a level that is within their linguistic capabilities. It also provides meaningful reading experience, and communicating with and learning about another person is in itself valuable. A letter exchange can be established with students in another country, but time and logistical constraints may make exchange with American students more practical. An exchange between two Ohio high schools had the added dimension of being supported by a National Education Association/Kodak grant to use cameras for a snapshot exchange to extend the letters' content. Recommendations for planning a letter exchange include: selecting schools close enough so teachers can meet but far enough apart so students will not converse on the telephone in English; establishing a minimum letter length; establishing a one-letter-a-month schedule; reviewing letter-writing skills before beginning; and allowing class time for questions and/or reading aloud the letters received. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Snyder, Barbara, Ed. Look Out World, Here We Come! See FL 014 904.