ERIC Number: ED337038
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Teaching Writing to Potentially English Proficient Students Using Whole Language Approaches. Program Information Guide Series, Number 11, Summer 1989.
Hamayan, Else V.
Innovative methods and strategies are described for teaching writing to potentially English proficient (PEP) students (also known as "limited English proficient"), who may or may not be literate in their native language, using holistic natural approaches. The approaches are based on the premise that students acquire language (speaking, reading, and writing) naturally when they engage in self-motivating activities that are stimulating, interesting, and meaningful to them. The guide is the result of work done at the Illinois Resource Center as well as in programs funded by the U.S. Department of State for Southeast Asian refugee students. Assumptions underlying current and innovative approaches to teaching writing are outlined and holistic natural approaches, such as language experience stories, dialogue journals, diaries, and creative writing are described. Considerations for implementing holistic language approaches are also described, including the need for intensity and constancy, using holistic approaches in a non-holistic curriculum, and monitoring student progress. Contains 12 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Guides - General; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, Washington, DC.