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ERIC Number: ED462701
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Pages: 12
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Learning To Write: From Choosing the Topic to Final Draft.
Asser, Hiie; Poom-Valickis, Katrin
This paper is based on the premise that writing is a central means for learning, clarifying, organizing, and expressing ideas and information, and that all teachers should share responsibility for helping students to become writers both inside and outside of the classroom. The paper's aim is to find answers to the following questions: Why do teachers and students consider writing skills to be generally more difficult to develop than reading skills and regard them as skills yielding poorer results? and How should writing be taught so that the learners can enjoy the process of writing and attain proficiency and skills that lead to success as adult writers? In a search for answers, the focus was on two things: creating motivation, and stages of the writing process. The paper first discusses the level of writing skills and the essence of writing, and sets out several ideas for approaching writing in school. It also discusses how to design a writing task that will motivate learners. In considering the writing process, the paper contends that analysis of the writing process is necessary, since it helps the learner break down a whole into its constituents. It recommends a writing activity that can be divided into three major areas: supporting actions and strategies "before writing, during writing, and after writing," and it discusses each of these areas in turn. The paper finds that the major precondition necessary for shaping a good writer is to develop students' reflective thinking. (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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