ERIC Number: ED295484
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
How Writing, Acting and Monitoring Create Good Advanced Conversation. Demonstration Title.
A technique adopted for a course in advanced conversation in English as a second language used a combination of writing, acting, and self-monitoring activities to teach a variety of culturally valuable skills: narration, expression of opinion, and discussion of common issues in culturally sensitive ways. Students write plays as a group about specific situations with specific personalities and perspectives. The group playwriting allows for ample discussion of both grammatical and cultural issues. Students then study and perform the play for videotaping, with subsequent self-analysis. Readings, class discussions, guest speakers, and other techniques are used to focus on the specific issue addressed. The approach has been generally successful, with the students showing willingness to evaluate and correct themselves. Some difficulty has arisen with student groups whose cultural background makes expression of opinion difficult. The technique is recommended as a means of promoting communicative instruction. (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 Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (22nd, Chicago, IL, March 8-13, 1988).