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ERIC Number: ED411707
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Pages: 49
Abstractor: N/A
Strategies for Working One-on-One with ESL Adult Literacy Writers. Adult Literacy Independent Learning Packet.
Halbert, Harold William
Special writing problems faced by English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) adult literacy students are examined, and an approach to the individual teacher-student writing conference is proposed. Four conference components are distinguished, and suggestions are made for handling each: oral interaction; engaging the student in dialogue before reading the writing sample; reading the student's text; and negotiation of revisions. Recommended strategies for oral interaction include: patience; creation of a comfortable speaking environment; having students reformulate ideas orally; explaining conference expectations; avoiding yes/no questions; and avoiding all suggestion of cultural superiority. Pre-reading dialogue strategies include: asking the student what needs work; examining writing prompts and sample texts together; making the student aware of his responsibility to contribute to the conference; and providing a text copy. Text reading strategies include: prioritizing issues to be addressed; following the student's agenda; and explaining editing marks. Revision negotiation strategies include: demanding feedback; having the student describe how a writing choice meets audience expectations; using models and examples to introduce unknown writing skills; and requiring on-the-spot reformulation and a specific plan of action. Some organizational problems in writing are also discussed. Contains seven references. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Lehigh Univ., Bethlehem, PA.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A