Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 1998

Abstract

During the first four or five months, language students learn a limited number of words and structures, which allows them to write on equally limited subjects, usually personal, such as: "Describe yourself, your friends and relatives, your room, your clothes, your weekly activities, etc. What do you buy when you go to the stores? Imagine a dialogue between two characters, etc." This type of composition is fine during that beginning period, but beyond, it loses its usefulness, for the learners tend to recycle the same ideas, phrases and constructions which they have been using since chapter two. Little improvement or learning takes place.

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