ERIC Number: ED286351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-12
Reference Count: N/A
L1 Writing for ESOL Composition.
Osburne, Andrea G.
An introductory course assignment for writing in English as a second language consists of four steps: (1) in a survey, students assess their own writing skills in both their native language and English; (2) each student interviews two people, one who writes frequently in the student's native language and one who writes frequently in English, about their writing habits and processes, and summarizes the findings; (3) each student writes a composition in his or her native language on an assigned topic, and the work is distributed so the class can compare writing systems and languages; and (4) each student presents the composition orally by paraphrasing, not translating. Class discussion covering the topic, organization, and role of the language used follows. The attention given to existing native language writing skills builds confidence and de-emphasizes the writing process, with which many students from traditional school systems are uncomfortable. It also helps the students get to know each other. (MSE)
Descriptors: Assignments, Classroom Techniques, College Students, Cultural Context, English (Second Language), Higher Education, Second Language Instruction, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Attitudes, Surveys, Transfer of Training, Writing (Composition), Writing Instruction, Writing Processes
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Connecticut Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (Meriden, CT, April 12, 1985).