ERIC Number: ED324907
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
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Knowing Opportunities: Some Possible Benefits and Limitations of Dialogue Journals in Adult Second Language Instruction.
Jones, Paul McClure
A discussion of the use of dialogue journals in second language instruction integrates research and personal teaching experience in an analysis of the technique's benefits and challenges. The first chapter reviews what dialogue journals are and how they differ from other teaching strategies. Their use in different adult education contexts are also examined. The second chapter outlines some possible benefits of dialogue journal writing for both students and teachers. It is argued that the method has significant power to affect teacher-student relationships, shape teacher and student attitudes, help students develop new language skills, and motivate and guide teachers. Several limitations and challenges in the use of dialogue journals are enumerated in chapter 3 including constraints on time, improvement of student second language accuracy, and improvement of writing skills. The importance of mutual trust and teacher patience in successful use of the genre are also discussed. Actual journal excerpts and student interview comments are used for illustration. (MSE)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Note: Requirement for master's degree, School for International Training, Vermont.