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ERIC Number: ED401541
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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An ESL Instructor's Perspective on the Stretch Program.
Todorovska, Viktorija
Stretch 107 is a version of English 107 (a first-year composition course for international students at Arizona State University), designed to provide those with low proficiency in English with various strategies for writing acceptable prose in English. Since it is a 2-semester course, Stretch 107 gives students more time to work on their assignments, generate ideas, and think about and revise their writing; also, although the course itself does not concentrate on developing linguistic skills, the extra time makes it possible for students to improve their speaking, listening, reading, and grammar in addition to their writing. Most of the students have never been exposed to English academic prose before; one of the things the course does is explain how academic prose is different from other kinds. Further, these students have minimal knowledge of the writing process; if they have ever been taught how to write it was in a strictly prescribed pattern. The course attempts to correct misconceptions about bad attitudes about writing through discussion of the writing process and through the introduction of writing strategies. Since students spend little time generating ideas before they start writing, they get stuck and find it hard to continue. They correct and recorrect form in an attempt to compensate for lack of content. Stretch 107 helps students to develop and to concentrate on content and to avoid a fixation on form. It also offers emotional support and continuity because it continues over two semesters. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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