ERIC Number: ED396514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Getting Started: Overcoming "Writer's Block" in EFL Students.
Renner, Christopher E.
Perspectives, a Journal of TESOL-Italy, v18 n2 p53-64 Dec 1992
Second language learners need to be given tools with which they can make language learning a personal experience. In writing, this means that they are given the skills needed to collect, organize, and present information that stimulates acquisition of new vocabulary and production of authentic writing that encourages language-related risk-taking. This approach promotes both language use confidence and study skills. To overcome writing apprehension, the class can engage in several activities: brainstorming for topics; listing ideas related to a main topic; creating a visual map of the relationships between ideas; free writing, without a specific objective in mind, often after reading a passage; and cubing, a structured strategy presenting the topic from six points of view: describing; comparing; associating; analyzing; applying; and arguing for or against. An additional technique is to encourage learners to include smells, textures, sights, and tastes in what they are writing. This can be accomplished by having learners pretend they are a camera recording all they see or imagining that they are someone else. Learners can be encouraged to keep word lists and use monolingual dictionaries for vocabulary development and should be prompted to write about things they know something about. (MSE)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
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