ERIC Number: ED347832
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Writers' Workshop and Children Acquiring English as a Non-Native Language. NCBE Program Information Guide 10.
Samway, Katharine Davies
Examples of writers' workshops and ways to implement them for children's second-language learning are described in this handbook for teachers. Writers' workshops are important structured classroom events that provide children with opportunities to demonstrate their facility as writers. The theory behind writers' workshops is that children acquiring English are capable of much more than is generally expected of them. Writing is described as a process that is meaning-making, recursive, and developmental. Classroom procedures for designing a writers' workshop are outlined; they cover the following areas: classroom set-up, classroom procedures, teacher and student roles, native language literacy, and teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) classes. A step-by-step approach to implementing the workshop is offered that includes getting started, topic generation and selection, audience and publication, writing conferences, contextualized skills teaching, editing (e.g., self-editing, peer editing, adult editing, copy editing), and publishing. A sample chart illustrates how to document a child's progress by recording dates, time spent writing, what was worked on, and comments. Contains 19 references, including books, journals, and videos useful to teachers. (LB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, Washington, DC.