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ERIC Number: ED140354
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Pages: 11
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Getting It Out, Getting It Down: Adapting Zoellner's Talk-Write.
Wixon, Vincent; Stone, Patty
The Talk-Write method of teaching college composition, developed by Robert Zoellner, can be adapted for use in secondary and upper elementary classrooms. The method, which focuses on the process of writing, involves teaming students in pairs. One student then talks out a composition, sentence by sentence, while the partner asks questions to draw out the talker/writer and to clarify confusing points of the narrative. The developing composition is written on the chalkboard or on a large piece of paper taped to the wall. When the composition is complete, the teammates exchange roles as talker/writer and questioner. During the process, students can walk around the room, viewing and commenting on each other's work. The effectiveness of the Talk-Write method is due to its employment of the principles of operant conditioning: concentration is on the student, rather than on the paper; the behavior leading to the final desired result is constantly reinforced; the talking student freely supplies the initial material for the learning sequence; the writer gets immediate help and reinforcement; there is a high frequency of response; there are numerous intermediate steps leading to the final specification; and the assigned task is brief. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Council of Teachers of English Secondary School English Conference (5th, Seattle, Washington, March 11-12, 1977)