ERIC Number: ED219926
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Content and Methodology for ESL Composition Teachers.
Perkins, Kyle; Konneker, Beverly H.
This paper attempts to provide an updated overview of the current theory and practice of English as a second language (ESL) composition. The following topics are addressed: (1) the goals of composition courses in the ESL curricula; (2) course content, derived in part from goals in the curricula; (3) a review of techniques and procedures for teaching ESL composition; and (4) evaluation of ESL compositions. The goals of the course are defined in relation to the proficiency level of the students and the elements of composition. The techniques reviewed include controlled composition on the elementary level; and dictation, fill in the blank, sentence combination and completion exercises, and paragraph correction exercises on the intermediate level. Instruction on the advanced level emphasizes university-level skills that involve explaining, analyzing, and writing from lectures or readings. With regard to evaluation of compositions, the discussion centers on the purpose of evaluation, and various types of evaluation and grading scales. Six appendices provide sample syllabi on freshman composition and on technical writing for foreign students, composition correction guides for intermediate and advanced levels, a sample composition evaluation form, and a sample grade sheet. (Author/AMH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A