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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)


A series of writing activities is proposed for inter­mediate to advanced students of English as a Second Language. The activities constitute a writing course of an intensive ESL program such as the one at Cushing Academy's Summer School, where the author used them.

The activities are organized around four themes: 1) self/personal relationships; 2) education; 3) international/global issues; 4) the future and goal setting. An estimated time allotment for each activity is given. The activities cover 30-35 hours of writing class in a program that includes 130 hours of instruction. The writing course is coordinated with the reading course and with the speaking-listening course taught concurrently. Some suggestions are made about reinforcing activities that can be used for these three skill areas.

A basic premise of the author is that one learns to write by reading as if one were an author. Readings are chosen with this principle in mind, serving as preparatory exercises to the writing assignments. An effort is made to help the student explore those topics that are of genuine interest to her. Writing is seen as an opportunity for self-expression and communication, and not for evaluation.

An evaluation section is contained on the effectiveness of the course, as well as appendices which include a copy of each hand-out the student receives.


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