ERIC Number: ED304012
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
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Putting Grammar in Its Place in the Writing Curriculum.
Berkowitz, Diana; Watkins-Goffman, Linda
The process approach to writing instruction views learning to write as a discovery process in which the writer makes connections beyond the text. Central to this process is revision, the refinement and development of the discoveries made. This approach appears to be incompatible with the grammar-based approach traditionally used in English-as-a-Second Language instruction. However, grammar can be integrated into the process-oriented approach at the editing stage of the writing curriculum, without inhibiting the initial expression of ideas. At this point, grammar can be contextualized by presenting structures that the students are likely to use in their writing assignments, and grammatical exercises will be more meaningful to the students as they mirror the rhetorical style of the student material in question. Students are more open to learning grammar at this stage because they can apply it meaningfully and immediately. In addition, correct grammatical forms can be modeled in written texts. This approach allows for both fluency of expression and grammatical accuracy. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (22nd, Chicago, IL, March 8-13, 1988).