ERIC Number: ED271962
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Writing without Tears: Advanced Writing for Academic Success.
Marshall, Margaret J.
One teacher's conference method of teaching a freshman English-as-a-second-language (ESL) composition course uses a system of periodic fifteen-minute student-teacher conferences instead of written comments on compositions. The conferences are followed by student revision and resubmission of the composition as many times as necessary. During the conference, the teacher and student decide together what improvements should be made in the essay, based on the teacher's notes about the draft. Meaning in the composition is addressed first, and form second. Each essay accompanies or follows an in-class lesson on concepts used in writing. The contents of the lessons are determined by the needs of the class. The method has been found to be more efficient for the teacher and more effective for students, who get better feedback through conferences, learn more from participating in decisions about the composition, and become more comfortable with the writing and revision processes. An appendix provides examples of students' compositions at different times in the academic year, and the teacher's notes on the progress evident in some of the essays, which is attributed to conferencing. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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