ERIC Number: ED283382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar
What To Do in Composition Classes When You Have ESL Students and No ESL Expertise.
Schlumberger, Ann; Clymer, Diane
While the populations of students learning writing in English as a second language (ESL) are diverse and have widely varying needs, three general recommendations to nonspecialist teachers of ESL pupils are to: (1) organize courses according to thematic unity; (2) limit the number of formal, polished essays assigned; and (3) encourage students to develop and use all four language skills (listening, writing, reading, and speaking) in the composition classroom. Composition teachers with a firm grounding in process methodology are in an excellent position to help ESL students develop language skills. The processes of learning a language and learning to write are analogous, and what has been learned about one process can be used to teach the other. (MSE)
Descriptors: Assignments, Classroom Communication, Classroom Techniques, College Instruction, Course Organization, Difficulty Level, English (Second Language), Higher Education, Holistic Approach, Language Skills, Second Language Learning, Thematic Approach, Writing (Composition), Writing Instruction
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 Conference on College Composition and Communication (38th, Atlanta, GA, March 19-21, 1987).