Thinking about Writing: The challenge of writing assignments at the intermediate French language level

My project addresses issues with composition in the second-year French language program. In response to concerns voiced in surveys by students and instructors, I designed four units and suggested lesson plans. The first provides color-coding analysis of sample essays, allowing students to visualize and parse the elements of an essay. The second unit walks the students through the process of revising thesis statements by giving them models that stage the development of an argument. My third unit guides the students through a genre-specific writing practice. Finally, I address the issue of the feedback loop: how students and instructors can better communicate with one other about the writing process.

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