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ERIC Number: ED355543
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 8
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Critical Conditions for Effective Writing Strategies for Language Diverse Learners.
Peters, William H.
A keen understanding of ethnocentricity and the role it might play in classroom instruction may determine whether or not writing strategies for language-diverse learners will be effective. Research indicates that it is the attitudes of teachers toward students that most distinguishes successful teachers from unsuccessful teachers. The first critical condition for effective writing strategies for language-diverse learners is teacher ethnosensitivity. The concept of ownership, stressing writing as a means of communication between real persons, is a second critical condition for these learners. Language and cognitive processes are best thought of as cooperative and interactive processes. Thus, teachers should aid students in thinking more during writing activities. A third critical condition for language-diverse writers is establishing a classroom environment that reflects the psychosocial nature of writing, and a fourth condition is a reliance on the concept of collaboration. Since learning is a social process, interaction in peer groups is essential. Finally, a more broadly conceived condition for writing strategies for culturally diverse students involves the practice and use of writing as a tool of learning across the curriculum. In each field, the first four writing strategies should be applied if language diverse students are to maximize their potentials as writers. (Contains 20 references.) (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Language: English
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