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ERIC Number: ED301032
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Assessing Writing in the ESL Classroom.
Villamil, Olga; Carrasquillo, Angela
A discussion of the evaluation of writing in English as a second language looks at conflicting approaches and viewpoints in the literature and suggests strategies for classroom evaluation. Conflicts are found in the literature concerning the importance of writing evaluation, the types of assessment to be used, and procedures for scoring writing samples. It is suggested that teachers should (1) have knowledge about both composition and second language learning; (2) change the focus in writing assessment from measurement to evaluation, i.e., from product to process; (3) know the students and their cognitive and linguistic needs; (4) emphasize communicative competence; (5) create a classroom environment in which students are willing to communicate ideas and accept feedback; (6) monitor students' writing appropriately, using methods that allow for individual development but provide adequate feedback; and (7) help students to monitor their own work. Twenty-four references are listed. (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A