ERIC Number: ED282442
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar
Reference Count: 0
ESL Composition: An Historical Perspective.
A description of trends in writing instruction in English as a second language (ESL) since 1945 is intended to inform those with little knowledge of issues and developments in the field and to persuade others of the utility of a new instructional model. The historical review of approaches looks at the theories and classroom practices relating to controlled composition, Kaplan's theory of contrastive rhetoric, and the process approach. Criticisms and shortcomings of the approaches are examined, and an alternative is proposed. This model views ESL composition as purposeful verbal communicative interaction accounting for the basic variables of second language writing, including: (1) second language writers, (2) first language readers, (3) second language texts, (4) contexts for second language writing, and (5) the interaction of these elements in a variety of authentic ESL settings. (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (38th, Atlanta, GA, March 19-21, 1987).