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This issue features articles by adult basic education (ABE) practitioners within the field about their approaches to teaching essay writing. In preparing this issue, nine teachers attempted to catch themselves in the act of teaching essay writing and subsequently document their approaches and questions. Most of the articles explain how a student essay came about. The other articles look reflectively at what teaching, especially teaching essay writing, has taught them. All of the essays reflect classroom moments. The issue also includes several essays by and photographs of students. After an introduction (Martha Merson), the following nine essays are included: Talking through an Essay: Organizing What Your Students Want to Say (Allison Hoskins); Bumps and Potholes: An Essay on Teaching Writing (Marsha Watson); Writing Essays: A Frustrating Experience for Bilingual Students (Kerline Auguste Tofuri); Finding Ways 'Not to Teach' (Xiaowei He); Women's History Month: Studying Women through Biography (Martha Gray); Bridging the 'Information Gap': The Content of Writing (Dilip Dutt); Organizing Inspiration (Marty Kingsbury); Our Piece of Town (Sam Bernstein); and What the Writer Brings to the Teaching of Writing: Teaching English to Adult ESOL Learners (Deborah Schwartz). (KC)

Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Students, English (Second Language), Essays, High School Equivalency Programs, Learning Disabilities, Literacy Education, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Writing Difficulties, Writing Instruction

Adult Literacy Resource Institute, 989 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215-1308.

Autor: Connections: A Journal of Adult Literacy, v6 Sum 1996


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