ERIC Number: ED157388
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Writing as Self-Discovery: Teaching Writing Skills to Non-Native Speakers. TEAL Occasional Papers, Vol. 2, 1978.
A method of teaching writing to adult students of English as a second language is presented. The method emphasizes the first-person point of view. For an individual in a new culture with limited vocabulary and uncertain knowledge of structure, beginning with the self and observed events can be reassuring. With this method, described as being a self-discovery, the student is given an assignment of correcting his writing errors, guided by a handout sheet of correction symbols. Students may be requested to work on improving incorrect structures or providing information missing from the writing. Students also work on dividing the writing into paragraphs. The method is demonstrated by providing an example of student writing. (SW)
Descriptors: Adult Education, English (Second Language), Error Analysis (Language), Interests, Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Self Expression, Writing Exercises, Writing Skills
Maureen C. Sawkins, British Columbia Association of TEAL, c/o King Edward Campus, V.C.C., 2750 Oak St., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada ($2.50 Canadian plus $.50 postage)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Association of Teachers of English as an Additional Language, Vancouver.