Catherine P. Hewins (M.A., Rutgers University) is a teacher of French at Highland Park High School, Highland Park, NJ.
Writing in a Foreign Language: Motivation and the Process Approach
Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1986 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 19, Issue 3, pages 219–223, May 1986
How to Cite
Hewins, C. P. (1986), Writing in a Foreign Language: Motivation and the Process Approach. Foreign Language Annals, 19: 219–223. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1986.tb02837.x
- Issue online: 31 DEC 2008
- Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT Like their counterparts in the English department, foreign language teachers have long been dissatisfied with student writing. Fortunately for students and teachers, Writing Across the Curriculum, an approach which views writing both as a process and as a valuable mode of learning in all subject areas, is being used in more and more schools and colleges. This article presents techniques from Writing Across the Curriculum adapted to the foreign language classroom. Strategies for encouraging students to write more comfortably and effectively in the foreign language are described. These include assigning relevant and challenging topics, treating writing as a process, and responding to and evaluating student writing in a more constructive way. Although the examples are for French, the techniques are adaptable to all foreign languages. They can be used at any level to reinforce grammatical structures, clarify ideas, and improve fluency.