ERIC Number: ED398770
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Language, Culture, and Writing Integrated: Report Writing with a Multiple Focus.
Ghosn, Irma K.
An approach to writing instruction for elementary and secondary school learners of English as a Second Language is described. The activity was developed for use in schools in non-English-speaking cultures where report writing skills may be neglected at that level. It introduces report writing and documentation of sources, and teaches the basic idea of organizing information. It can also be used to explore the target culture. Post cards, photographs, and other pictures of life and places in the target country are grouped by topic and made into posters. Students contribute ideas about a trip to that country, take notes on the ideas, and discuss them, first in pairs and then as a class. Student observations and interpretations from this discussion are shared and discussed, using different grammatical structures (e.g., "There are...,""If I lived there,..."). Comments are coordinated with the pictures, and students write sentences about the pictures, which are transformed into paragraphs by addition of a topic sentence. Additional paragraphs are constructed. Sources (teacher or class members) are cited. Older students can also consult other references. A variation is to have students make observations about the pictures without knowing what country they depict. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A