ERIC Number: ED354789
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Dialogue Journals: Interactive Writing To Develop Language and Literacy. ERIC Digest.
Peyton, Joy Kreeft
This digest focuses on the use of dialogue journals for developing the language and literacy skills of students of all ages learning English a Second Language. Dialogue journals are written conversations in which students and teachers communicate on a regular basis. Students write as much as they choose, and the teacher writes back, responding to questions, introducing new topics, or asking questions. The idea is to encourage students to use written English and not to focus on error correction. Students have the opportunity to use English in a non-threatening atmosphere in interaction with a proficient English speaker. Dialogue journals are now being used in a range of educational settings--with children and adults, with both native and nonnative English speakers, and in teacher and volunteer training programs. Sample dialogue journal entries are provided, as well as general information on the benefits and logistics of using dialogue journals. (VWL)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.