- Email me your Essay #1 Final draft, if you have not already done so.
- Please tell me by email (if you did not tell me in class today)
- if you would like to read a collection of your classmates’ essays #1 (yes or no)
- if you agree to your essay #1 being included in the class collection (yes or no)
- if yes to #2, do you wish your name to appear on your essay or not?
- what method of feedback you prefer in future
- handwritten comments on your paper
- error correction software (pink highlights, etc)
- some combination of the above
- Expressive vs communicative writing
- Communicative writing is writing with the reader in mind.
- Essay writing is standard in most secondary schools in English-speaking countries in order to develop mental discipline, the ability to think objectively, logically and critically, and to express oneself clearly for the benefit of others.
- Essay writing is communicative rather than expressive writing.
- Some good examples are the essays by Francis Bacon and the Frenchman Michel Eyquem de Montaigne.
- Montaigne’s essays repay study, as he wrote his thoughts and feelings but somehow made them interesting and useful to his readers.
- Error correction – although most students expect their instructor to correct their English, error correction is not always an efficient method of learning, because
- the natural order of acquisition (I subscribe to Krashen’s theory of second language acquisition)
- Common errors among Japanese EFL students
- insufficient use of pronouns (resulting in too much repetition of nouns)
- insufficient use of relative pronouns and adverbs (which, that, whose, there, where, when, etc.), resulting in unnecessary repetition, unnecessarily long sentences or unnecessary multiple sentences.
- Discussion of typical errors in a sample student essay, marked using marking software. Download the sample essay here: AW1 Essay1 draft3 sample_4class
- 1-to-1 conferencing
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