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ERIC Number: ED386046
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Using a Functional Approach in Assessing Written Texts.
Nunan, David
It is argued that assessment of student writing can be enhanced by adoption of a functional approach to linguistic analysis; through their research, functional grammarians have provided language teachers with criteria for evaluating the extent to which learners have gained control of the grammatical and discourse features of a variety of communication genres valued in academic contexts, and these can be used systematically to evaluate student written production. Two innovative Australian programs in which this principle has been applied are described. One is a large-scale curriculum development effort focusing on development of elementary student writing skills, and the other is a project to develop a systematic procedure for diagnosing and quantifying the strengths and weaknesses of students' academic language, both oral and written. Contains eight references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A