ERIC Number: ED337014
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Purpose Produces Proficiency: Writing-Based Projects for an Integrated Curriculum.
Evans, Linda S.
A survey of students of English as a Second Language at the University of South Florida found most ranked listening and/or speaking skills as most important to learn, and reading and writing skills much lower. They also perceived the inverse to be true of teachers. The challenge is to create a curriculum that provides for listening and speaking while motivating students to read and to enjoy writing. Several activities were developed to provide a purpose for using all language skills and minimizing the need to have separate lessons for each. The first is a writing project on culture shock, adapted from one used at another university. It has ten steps including discussion of the concept, preparation of questions, interviews with foreign students, group compilation of results, and creation of a publication. The second project consists of two reports designed to get students to read a newspaper or listen to the news. The reports focus on a news item and a person in the news, and incorporate both summary and commentary. A more complex project is a simulation of job-hunting, involving the teacher's creation of an imaginary company, writing of resumes and cover letters, applicant interviews, and notification of results. (MSE)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Culture Conflict, English (Second Language), Higher Education, Interviews, Job Search Methods, Language Proficiency, Language Skills, Mass Media, News Reporting, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Simulation, Skill Development, Student Projects, Writing Exercises
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of South Florida
Note: In: Planning for Proficiency. Dimension: Language '86. Report of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching, p75-82, 1987; see FL 019 583.