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ERIC Number: ED408849
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-12
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Deconstruction for Reconstruction as a Way to Better Writing.
Mufarej, Selene Zocchio; Abrahamsohn, Maureen Alison
Deconstruction for reconstruction is a classroom teaching technique designed to help students improve writing skills. The objective is to write natural expanded sentences that fit in a cohesive paragraph. The technique evolved from observation of many intermediate and upper-intermediate students of English as a Second Language for whom writing organized, coherent texts with fully developed sentences was difficult. Deconstruction activities have students break down faulty sentences or paragraphs into a group of kernel sentences, then reorganize and combine them to form a single expanded sentence. Choice of text depends on the activity's purpose in the overall lesson or course plan, whether focusing on grammar or organization. General guidelines are offered for preparing such an exercise and for classroom implementation. Examples are provided of deconstruction of a native English speaker's narrative description, an original student text that has been revised, a native speaker's descriptive text, and a student text with problems. It is noted from experience that several exercises are needed to produce results, students respond positively to the experience, and the technique has been effective with intermediate and upper-intermediate level learners. Student comments, teacher comments, and student writing samples are included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A