ERIC Number: ED336992
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
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Developing Functional Proficiency in Writing.
Hansen, Carolyn L.
Development of oral foreign language proficiency in high school and college instruction is complemented by well-designed writing exercises integrating all skills and providing contact with various language forms. A series of short, text-adaptable, proficiency-based writing activities reinforcing aural, oral, and reading skills throughout the basic course levels can be adopted easily. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Provisional Proficiency Guidelines can help organize writing activities. Development of writing must follow a sequence like that of speaking, including time to practice the language in a variety of ways. Most first-year activities can be based on dialogue, beginning with manipulation of lexical items and leading to more creative language use and varied activities. In the second year, activities related to solidification of basic accuracy in grammar and spelling are useful and paragraph structure can be approached. During the third year and beyond, high school and college courses will differ in orientation, but in general students will be learning to express and defend opinions, produce cohesive narration and personal correspondence, and control less-structured grammar. Most writing activities can be adapted to most difficulty levels. Grading can be difficult, but immediate feedback is essential. A brief bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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