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ERIC Number: ED345577
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Use of Journals To Improve Writing Skills in Commercial Spanish: State of a Research Project.
Alvarez-Ruf, Hersilia
Recent writing theory, research, and pedagogy have aided in the development of several models for improving second language writing skills. Attention is focused more on writing as a process, the importance of practice in writing improvement, and the need to learn cognitive structures contributing to writing. Daily journal writing is one method of establishing student commitment to regular writing. Journals provide direct feedback to students, make comparisons among rewrites easy, and facilitate observation of progress across entries. A project in progress in one college language course is investigating whether journal writing can be an effective tool for development of writing skills among business students. Participants are all volunteers, business majors enrolled in a language class. Three activities, outlined as assignments given to students, illustrate the techniques used to encourage self-expression and integrate language use with business-related content. Each activity is designed to take 4 days, with daily conceptual and journal writing exercises. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Hope College MI
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages and Communication for World Business and the Professions (10th, Ypsilanti, MI, April 3-5, 1991).