ERIC Number: ED332536
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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Relationship between Language Teaching Methods and Writing Quality.
De Moraes, Marcia Sampaio; And Others
The purpose of this study was to investigate the extent to which the formal teaching of grammatical rules would affect the writing quality of sixth graders. Comparison was made between students of two University Lab Schools located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The study was limited to the observation of written expression, because of limited resources. Quality of written expression was defined by scores obtained by the students on an essay, where the syntactical and the grammatical aspects of the language were considered. Comparison of the total mean scores of the two groups showed that the students who were not taught by grammar rules until grade six achieved higher scores. From the results of the study, it appears that psycholinguistic and cognitive aspects applied in the Portuguese language program should be considered as language is taught. The performance of students taught by the grammar method was not high, and it is suggested that memorization and mastery of language structure through repetition should not be considered a productive way to teach language. (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).