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ERIC Number: EJ891083
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4244
Using Dialogue Journals to Focus on Form
Linnell, Kimberly Miller
Journal of Adult Education, v39 n1 spec iss p23-28 2010
Dialogue journals have been used in a wide range of educational settings for quite some time. These written conversations between teachers and students are especially well suited for the ESL classroom. This article describes how many of the conditions known to foster second language acquisition are inherent in the dialogue journal. Traditionally, dialogue journals have not been a venue for focus on form or corrective feedback. Given the importance of focus on form in second language acquisition, dialogue journals could serve English language learners even better if some attention to form were included. This article suggests ways that a focus on form can be thoughtfully incorporated without inhibiting the conversational nature of the journal.
Mountain Plains Adult Education Association. c/o Adult Learning Center, 815 Front Street, Helena, MT 59602. Tel: 406-324-2118; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A