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The Effect of Genre-Based Instruction on Early L2 Writers. Edition No. 1
VDM Publishing House, July 2009, Pages: 100
In this study, a genre type, narrative, from the frameworks of genre in the Australian primary classroom, was used to design summary and story writing instruction. The participants of the study were a class of 30 fourth graders in an elementary school of Taiwan. The students’ written works were analyzed and writing behaviors were observed for measuring students’ writing performance, while pre- and post-instruction questionnaires were conducted to report their affective aspects. The results showed that most students could write story summaries and create their stories after the genre- based writing instruction. The majority of them also reported positive views towards English writing. The results of the study implied that formal correctness should not be a major criterion for judging students’ writing performance because it has little connection with students’ meaningful communication. Teachers should adopt a more flexible writing approach to suit students’ needs and interest. The purpose of writing is to help students become less inhibited about communicating in English so that they can express themselves in meaningful contexts.
Huifen Lin is an English teacher at an elementary school in Taiwan. She has also involved in programs of helping disadvantaged children and teaching English to the local community. She recently obtained a Master's degree in English teaching from National Chung Cheng University in June 2009.