ERIC Number: ED267655
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Reference Count: 0
One Is Not Enough: Writing from Multiple Sources.
A technique for teaching writing in academic English as a second language (ESL) to students bound for college-level courses focuses on one essential reading and writing skill: using multiple sources as input for writing. The program is designed for any level and consists of a series of readings and a number of questions, the answers to which become successive paragraphs or sections in a final paper. The procedure for developing such a unit includes: selection of a topic of interest to the class; location of three sources of appropriate difficulty from among ESL reading texts; narrowing the topic to one that can be covered through use of the sources; deciding on the procedure to be followed in organizing the topic (what questions can or should be answered and in what order); reviewing the resources to assure that at least two contain information relevant to each question; distributing the questions to the students in sequential order; giving each student access to all sources; having the students take notes from the sources; having students write a first draft essay answer to each question, using only their notes; and having students put the pieces together to form a whole essay from the revised and edited sections. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (5th, Milwaukee, WI, October 17-19, 1985).