ERIC Number: ED267586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Teaching "Writing" to ESL Students: A Process-Based Approach.
A college-level composition course in English as a second language uses a "freewriting" technique and de-emphasizes rules and structure to emphasize writing strategies. The course is divided into three major segments: drafting, revising, and fine-tuning. In the first segment, students are encouraged to develop fluency by trying a number of topics, writing freely without worrying about form, and learning to identify what is good about their work. When students have gained confidence in their ability to discern what is good in a piece of writing, they are organized in small groups and trained to help each other improve their papers. After students have taken two or three favorite papers through several drafts, successfully incorporating some peer suggestions, they begin to edit successive drafts, using their knowledge of rules to correct mistakes. Finally, they compile their best pieces for a class book. Grammar and mechanics are dealt with incidentally. The method is modeled on the teacher's own writing method, classroom experience, and writing theory. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: WATESOL Working Papers, Number 2. Fall-Winter 1984-85 (see FL 015 460).