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ERIC Number: ED307811
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May-2
Pages: 14
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Sentence-Combining in the Secondary ESL Classroom--A Review of the Research Literature.
Brant, Jeffrey K.
An overview of the research literature reviews studies on the effectiveness of sentence-combining (SC) exercises in helping English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) students integrate their knowledge of grammar into their writing. In the 1960s, Kellog Hunt published a series of articles that explored the relationship between SC and writing skills. Researchers, since the 1960's, have explored this relationship and have found that SC exercises contribute to accelerated syntactic growth. Research in SC thus far has focused on the remedial college-aged native speaker of English, and a point of debate concerns whether or not this research is generalizable to second language students. Both non-ESL and ESL-based studies on the effectiveness of SC in developing writing skills are discussed. The overview of the research literature concludes that although the available research fails to take into account the accuracy with which students use SC skills, enough evidence has been collected to indicate that SC can be effective in helping both native-English-speaking and ESL students use more complex syntax. (DJD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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