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ERIC Number: ED411532
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 17
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Do You Hear What I Hear?: Chinese and American Writing Instructors Compare Journal Voices from International Writers.
Goodwill, Sanoma; Tan, Wilson
The use of student writing journals in the college classroom is the focus of a conversation between two writing instructors at Brigham Young University in Hawaii. Brigham Young-Hawaii has a student body that represents more than 50 different nations, with foreign students at about 40%. Both instructors teach classes with high percentages of foreign students. Because of the lack of emphasis on the human element of the learning process in Freshman English class, classes are sometimes dominated by a few native speakers, and many foreign students feel unnecessarily pressured. Some foreign students come from cultures that do not encourage active participation in class, but writing journals can help students explore their thoughts and feelings in a low risk format and promote more active modes of learning. Students are able to ask questions, express feelings, criticize, and make meaning in a medium that is relatively safe. Students are asked to write a minimum of 3 times a week; to write about reading assignments, class activities, class discussions, or sometimes about specific issues. The journals are collected 4 times a semester, and the instructors write comments or ask questions. The journals are not graded, but points are given for the number of entries. The voices of the foreign students show through in excerpts from some representative journals. Their thoughts about their experiences in peer editing groups reveal the cultural differences that are sometimes not apparent in the day-to-day classroom situation. (Contains 10 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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