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ERIC Number: ED402612
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Personal Writing and the ESL Student.
Simmons, Mary Beth
Personal writing is not only valid in such places as the academy, it is vital--even though Daniel Horowitz, in his essay "Process, Not Product: Less Than Meets the Eye," said that "teaching students to write intelligently on topics they do not care about seems to be a more useful goal than having them pick topics which interest them." But English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) students say they changed their negative attitudes about writing when they were given writing assignments they cared about--a personal connection to the writing assignment. The process approach is many approaches, involving many facets of being: cognition, emotion, sense of self, sense of others, situation, background, experience, and development. The recognition of students' voices, hearing what they consider to be their writing needs, is central to a process approach to writing. Three foreign students in a writing lab at the University of Iowa using personal writing experienced some positive results: one student's prose became more vigorous and her aim in writing more precise; another found it helpful to relate work experience as a teacher to her present studies of education; and another used photographs as a key to write a thesis, resulting in prose combining her personal, political, and artistic voices. (CR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Writing Centers Conference (2nd, St. Louis, MO, September 27-30, 1995).