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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)


The focus of this paper is the teaching of writing skills for ESL or EFL students within the context of a learning community. References are cited from the literature on team building within business contexts and from the literature on a process approach to the teaching of writing. This literature as well as the author’s beliefs and commitment to experimental education led to the development of a course in writing that used the production of a student newspaper as an organizing principle for the course. The author presents multiple levels of input into the course design and classroom management for such a course. Samples of student writing are also included to illustrate student progress within certain types of writing. Finally, recommendations are suggested for teachers who are interested in experimenting with a similar course design.


Curriculum and Instruction | First and Second Language Acquisition