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ERIC Number: ED306765
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
An ESL Program Yearbook as Writing and Interactional Inspiration.
Benander, Ruth
The rationale, approaches, and mechanics of publishing a student yearbook in English-as-a-Second-Language programs are discussed, and examples are drawn from the experiences and practices at the University of Pennsylvania. The production of a yearbook is suggested as a context for student writing that transcends the scope of the essay and that can be adapted to any audience. Types of student contributions recommended include student interviews, essays done as class writing assignments, art and photography, cartoons, editorial comments, and reviews. The mechanical aspects of publication construction addressed include photocopying, typewriting, word processing, the inclusion of artwork, and binding. The process of preparing for publication an essay about Amsterdam is discussed, and a layout problem is offered as an example of specific issues that have had to be resolved. It is concluded that this type of communicative writing project provides a public purpose for writing to a wide audience, provides opportunities for task- and content-based discussions, provides a product in which students take great satisfaction, and can be used as a public relations tool to both promote the program and to inform the larger community. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A