The Gdańsk School of ELT
Language education and teaching by the learner’s text creation
Ryszard Wenzel, University of Gdańsk
The text provides solutions for language education seen as a dominant factor in general education. It is assumed that the higher mental processes are effectively activated when students themselves construct texts which reflect these processes. The techniques of eliciting from students logical reasoning, theoretical explanations, metaphorization, conclusions etc. on the basis of carefully selected source materials are presented together with the possible outcome in the form of their own texts which are expected by the teacher. Both native and second language classes are exemplified in pedagogical detail, lesson scenarios etc.
Key words: learning by text creation, higher mental processes, argumentative-poetic language function, descriptive-semantic language function, selection of source materials, teacher-student cooperation, eliciting students’ production, educing the intellectual and creative potential
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