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ERIC Number: EJ1137888
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1595
Creating Original Products and Infomercials to Study Rhetorical Analysis
Larrotta, Clarena
Adult Learning, v28 n2 p47-53 May 2017
Rhetorical analysis was a required unit of study for college students enrolled in intermediate English as a second language (ESL) composition. Twenty-six students participated in a project creating an original product and its infomercial. The project aimed at increasing student motivation to continue writing essays in English and providing a space for them to collaborate in small groups to do independent work. The research questions guiding the project were as follows: What are the linguistic gains for ESL students participating in rhetoric practice in a college composition course creating an original product and its infomercial? What can be learned about fostering learner independence as a result of implementing this project? Therefore, the students created infomercials of original products, used persuasion and argumentation strategies, transmitted social messages, and engaged in civic literacy. Independent learning occurred as students worked in small groups and made decisions, planned, applied new/previous knowledge, and shared resources. The students were able to construct knowledge and scaffold each other's learning successfully.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Puerto Rico
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