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ERIC Number: ED264725
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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The Use of Reformulation in Teaching Writing to FSL Students.
Sanaoui, Razika
In the teaching of creative writing to students of French as a second language, the use of the reformulation technique has proved effective. The writing process is divided into stages: selection of a topic, discussion with peers, writing of a first draft, revision with peers, submission to the instructor, further revision, editing and proofreading, and sharing of the final copy with the class. For the reformulation part of the process, the teacher rewrites the students' compositions, presents them with their own and the rewritten compositions for comparison, and asking them to observe and list any significant differences between the two versions. The students direct their attention to vocabulary selection, syntactic choices, cohesive devices, discourse functions, overall organization, and stance toward the reader. Then they focus on three issues: significant changes, how the changes are made, and the effects of the changes. The technique is successful in that it generates motivation by personalizing instruction, and offering the students options among techniques. It also makes students aware that writing does not express all the meaning one intends. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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