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ERIC Number: ED176324
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
English as a Second Language Techniques in Developmental Writing.
Boyd, Zohara; Buchanan, Harriette Cuttino
Some of the attitudes, expectations, and techniques of the English as a second language (ESL) teacher and the ESL student may be profitably applied in the developmental composition classroom. Although developmental students are native English speakers, many of them react to formal, written English as if it were a foreign language. Fostering ESL attitudes in students means helping them to recognize that their errors stem from lack of knowledge not lack of intelligence and encouraging them to admit their resentment at being placed in a developmental section. ESL attitudes that developmental teachers might adopt include lowering expectations of students' initial writing performance, being more patient with mistakes, and recognizing that students often lapse into using"interlanguage" (dialect that is midway between old grammatical patterns and new ones being acquired). ESL techniques can also prove useful in teaching certain points of grammar through drill, in helping students structure and develop their writing by providing transitions from drills to composition, and in correcting their papers by marking their errors with generic rather than specific terms. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College English Association (Savannah, Georgia, March 22-24, 1979)