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ERIC Number: ED304003
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Helping ESL Students Improve Un-English Sentences in One-to-One Conferences.
Xu, George Q.
When intermediate and advanced students of English as a second language (ESL) begin an English composition course, they face the task of creating logical extended discourses in English. Often, while the sentences they create are free from obvious grammatical errors, they are stylistically unacceptable, vague in meaning, misrepresentative of the message, or occasionally incomprehensible. To help the student effectively, the instructor must understand what causes un-English sentences. A useful approach is interlanguage analysis, in which errors are viewed as a sign of the learners' attempts to approximate the target language norm. These attempts are influenced by a number of factors such as exposure to comprehensible input, language transfer, and overgeneralization. In individual student conferences, the teacher can use interlanguage analysis to point out the ways in which errors indicate progress, to encourage the student to talk about the writing, and to locate possible causes of the errors. Based on the information gained, the teacher can better decide what strategy to use in helping the student. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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