ERIC Number: ED304905
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Writing (English as a Second Language) in Accounting.
A technique used in college-level accounting courses helped students to develop technical expertise and, at the same time, to improve writing skills. The approach was intended for classes that include both large groups of students learning English as a Second Language (ESL) and groups of non-ESL students. Student responses to exam questions were evaluated, and the following difficulties were noted: (1) spelling and punctuation errors; (2) organization and logical sequencing mistakes; and (3) deficient sentences. Both groups of students had difficulty with word choice, verbs (especially tense consistency), sentence structure, prepositions, and inconsistencies in person or number. A teaching technique involving frequent practice and feedback was developed. Students were required to submit a 1-page accounting case analysis each week. Class time was devoted to discussions of various writing skills and issues each week. Samples of student writing were discussed, and group suggestions for revision were encouraged. The amount of initial preparation and class time devoted to the exercises was relatively small, but evaluation of each case was somewhat time-consuming. Benefits of the technique included student appreciation of the value of writing skills in accounting, weekly acknowledgement of student efforts to improve, assistance given simultaneously to ESL and non-ESL students, and improved understanding of accounting issues. (MSE)
Descriptors: Accounting, Business Communication, Classroom Techniques, Content Area Writing, Educational Strategies, English for Special Purposes, Error Analysis (Language), Heterogeneous Grouping, Higher Education, Revision (Written Composition), Second Language Instruction, Teaching Models, Technical Writing
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Proceedings of the Seventh Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages for Business and the Professions (see FL 017 839).