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ERIC Number: EJ1053716
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1657-0790
The Role of Genre-Based Activities in the Writing of Argumentative Essays in EFL (El papel de actividades basadas en géneros en la escritura de ensayos argumentativos en inglés como lengua extranjera)
Chala Bejarano, Pedro Antonio; Chapetón, Claudia Marcela
PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, v15 n2 p127-147 Oct 2013
This article presents the findings of an action research project conducted with a group of pre-service teachers of a program in modern languages at a Colombian university. The study intended to go beyond an emphasis on linguistic and textual features in English as a foreign language argumentative essays by using a set of genre-based activities and the understanding of writing as a situated social practice. Data were gathered through questionnaires, semi-structured interviews, class recordings, and students' artifacts. The results showed that genre-based activities supported the participants throughout the experience and boosted their confidence, resulting in a positive attitude towards essay writing. The study highlights the importance of dialogic interaction to provide scaffolding opportunities, of understanding writing as a process, and of the use of samples and explicit instruction to facilitate writing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colombia
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