ERIC Number: ED225412
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Controlled Compositions: More Practice for Students, Less Grading for Instructors.
Gordon, Helen Heightsman
The use of controlled compositions as a method of providing writing practice for English as second language (ESL) students is described. The method requires students to copy well-written short compositions while changing each one a meaningful way, such as from present to past tense or singular to plural. Thus, students at all levels or ages can learn through practice in context, imitating good writing while manipulating selected aspects. Controlled compositions are less time consuming to correct than original compositions but provide more than isolated drills. In a pilot course using controlled compositions, students showed significant gains in fluency and reduction of errors. The controlled composition method effectively applies current composition theory to writing instruction by providing positive models, immediate feedback, and opportunities for successful experiences. Because they can be graded quickly, they free the instructor to spend more time on original compositions. Sample exercises are presented. (RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Note: In its: "CATESOL Occasional Papers," Number 8, p.88-95, Fall 1982; Paper presented at the CATESOL State Conference (Monterey, CA, May 1981); For related documents, see FL 013 455-463.