ERIC Number: ED409746
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Improving ESL Learners' Writing Skills. ERIC Digest.
Learning to write in English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) provides learners with a voice in their new culture and enhances language acquisition. There are two general approaches to teaching writing: free writing, which is not necessarily edited or revised, and process writing which is revised and edited and shared with a wider audience. In addition, the language experience approach is often used with beginning literacy learners to provide opportunities for reading and writing through personal experiences and oral language. Teachers and learners may also have specific kinds of writing they want to do or specific skills to be developed. Writing activities that are engaging and challenging, add variety to writing instruction, and develop important literacy skills may include: having learners write about what they want to learn, by writing a simple letter, dialogue journal entry, or response to a question; reacting to a text or stimulus; writing letters, such as letters of complaint, cover letters, or advice letters; analyzing and synthesizing information; and making lists, which helps generate vocabulary and provides the basis for larger pieces. Teachers should give learners opportunities to write about meaningful topics, participate in varied writing activities, and feel that their writing has value. Contains 12 references. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Educational Strategies, English (Second Language), Free Writing, Language Experience Approach, Letters (Correspondence), Literacy Education, Needs Assessment, Second Language Instruction, Skill Development, Student Attitudes, Vocabulary Development, Writing Exercises, Writing Instruction, Writing Processes, Writing Skills
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education, Washington, DC.; National Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education, Washington, DC.