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ERIC Number: EJ1065665
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1559-663X
Teaching Descriptive Writing through Visualization and the Five Senses
Carter, Katherine
English Teaching Forum, v53 n2 p37-40 2015
The descriptive paragraph and subsequent essay are usually among the first assignments students must complete in composition classes. Typically, students are told to describe their childhood home, a person of importance, a special object, or a summer vacation. Most students, especially learners of English as a foreign language (EFL), have difficulty beginning the assignment. After experiencing this firsthand teaching an intermediate-level English class to first-year university students in Namibia, Katherine Carter found that visualization based on the five senses--what we touch, see, smell, hear, and taste--can be used as a technique to get ideas down on paper. This technique could be useful for teachers in a variety of EFL teaching contexts, from primary school to university, and can be used with a wide range of texts that are particularly vivid and that stimulate the senses. This article provides a step-by-step description of the technique.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Namibia
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