ERIC Number: ED362884
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
Silent Interview: An Ice-Breaker Triggering Learner Strategies toward Effective Writing.
Jennings, Isabel Y.
The "Silent Interview" provides an effective ice-breaking exercise for the first day of composition class and also triggers learning strategies toward writing effectively. At the first class meeting, students are asked to work in pairs, exchanging questions and responses in writing until six or eight questions have been asked and answered. Students then write a paragraph about their partner, using the replies as data or ideas for the paragraph. Paragraphs are then exchanged for correction and read to the class if time permits. This exercise: (1) incorporates group learning; (2) provides an authentic topic and natural motivation; (3) requires critical thinking skills; and (4) creates a non-threatening ambience wherein teacher's presence and role are non-intrusive and non-interfering. Complete directions for the exercise are included. (Contains 15 references.) (NH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Strategies
Note: Paper presented at the Annual NISOD Conference on Teaching Excellence and Conference of Administrators (15th, Austin, TX, May 23-26, 1993).