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Thinking on the write path
Training Journal (2007)
  • Mohammad A. Salmani Nodoushan
This paper emphasizes the importance of cognitive orientation to the success of EFL students in writing courses. It argues that the skill of writing was rediscovered as soon as it lost its lowly status as a ‘by-product’ of the oral approach. In this paper, inefficient writing is attributed to a number of factors, among which the 
inadequacy of cognitive competence stands out. It suggest a cognitive approach to teaching writing the aim of which is to develop an insight in the learner, enabling him to make his own selections and interpretations of the existing situation. The main component of instruction in a cognitive approach is revision. As they take on the role of both writers and readers, the students are taught to review their writing, predicting what problems they may have, and what possible reactions they may have to their writing. The suggestion here is to write some of the compositions on the board or to use an overhead/opaque projector to this end. The students may then be urged to identify the mistakes, both grammatical and rhetorical, in their compositions. This procedure can develop an inter-actional attitude, and enhance productive thinking in the students.
Publication Date
Spring May 1, 2007
Citation Information
Salmani Nodoushan, M. A. (2007). Thinking on the write path. Training Journal, May 2007, 37-40.