ERIC Number: ED295480
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Reference Count: 0
An Integrative Approach to Writing For Adult ESL Beginners.
Hall, Barbara Jean
Described in this paper is a writing strategy used in English-as-a-second-language (ESL) classes for Spanish-speaking adult immigrants in a Washington, D.C. center that goes beyond the standard ESL textbook reading/writing exercises to involve students in the writing process. The teacher wrote a brief text in the first person on a topic of interest to immigrants--homesickness--to be read aloud in class and discussed. The students were then asked to write about three living places and situations, one in the past, one in the present, and one in the future. Student responses were often animated and contained surprising vocabulary items. Other narratives based on the same principles were developed for more advanced classes. The technique was also found to be useful for group composition, in which the students draft a story as a group, allowing the weaker students to actively participate in the discussion. The short story format, group interaction, and open-ended narrative style make the writing process both beneficial and challenging to students still struggling with the language. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Japan Association of Language Teachers (Seirei Gakuen, Hamamatsu, Japan, November 22-24, 1986).