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ERIC Number: EJ1018831
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0826-435X
The Role of Transitions in ESL Instruction
Steinman, Linda
TESL Canada Journal, v30 n2 p46-54 Spr 2013
Transitions in ESL contexts generally refer to those linking words placed between sentences and between paragraphs. Transitions in writing (and in speaking) are helpful; they facilitate coherence and cohesion when used correctly. Understanding them when reading allows us to join the writer in seeing why and how idea B follows idea A. In this commentary I argue that transitions serve the same function in the unfolding of ESL instructional experiences. Instructors have pre-planned the choreography, but is it transparent to the students? Should it be? What if we conceive of the ESL lesson as text--an essay in particular?
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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