ERIC Number: ED336937
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Writing Across the (Foreign Language) Curriculum.
Jarausch, Hannelore; Tufts, Clare
The purposes of writing in the foreign language classroom are similar to those in other disciplines. The process approach to writing instruction is useful in any language. Selection of writing topics is based on vocabulary and available skills, and careful sequencing and control of range of topics helps develop proficiency. Writing assignments can be used to integrate other language skills, and the audience sould be specified. Students need not always have the same assignment, and activities can be designed to be fun as well as instructive. Once writing is a regular classroom and homework activity, it can be incorporated into testing. Evaluation involves not only error correction but also encouragement of meaningful and interesting communication. Selective, not blanket, error correction that changes depending on proficiency level is appropriate, and an error matrix may be helpful in tracking and diagnosing error patterns. Composite grading, its complexity depending on level, is useful for targeting accuracy, content, lexicon, structure, and idiomatic quality. Writing across the foreign language curriculum can begin in the first weeks of instruction and be carried out throughout the program. Appended materials include suggested writing activities and topics for each proficiency level, and a list of codes for correcting papers. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: New Challenges and Opportunities. Dimension: Languages 87. Report of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching, p63-85, 1988. For the proceedings, see FL 019 352.