Ruth A. Kauffmann (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Rockford College, Rockford, IL.
Writing to Read and Reading to Write: Teaching Literature in the Foreign Language Classroom
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1996 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 29, Issue 3, pages 396–402, October 1996
How to Cite
Kauffmann, R. A. (1996), Writing to Read and Reading to Write: Teaching Literature in the Foreign Language Classroom. Foreign Language Annals, 29: 396–402. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1996.tb01251.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT In the literature classroom we are often faced with a wide range of L2 skills that can make inclusive discussion a great challenge. Through writing assignments we can improve the capacity of our literature students to read and analyze assigned texts. Students are given open questions about the text to prepare for the class discussion. These questions are then reformulated as topics for short essays assigned at frequent intervals throughout the semester. The essays are then rewritten for a final grade and evaluation. This approach provides a higher level of motivation for self-correction that will enable students to overcome, rather than fossilize, their errors.