Departmental Bulletin Paper 『視写の書』を用いた高校生の英語ライティング技能向上
Improving the Writing Skills of Senior High School Students Through the Use of The Copying Booklet

山岡, 大基

(63)  , pp.75 - 87 , 2017-03-31 , 広島大学附属中・高等学校
This article reports on a classroom activity focused on the use of copying as part of teaching writing skills to English as a foreign language (EFL) students (all senior high school students), with a brief overview of the significance and effects that copying provides to language learning. Traditionally, copying has rarely been a focus of instruction in EFL classrooms, serving only as a sub-skill of other “major” skills. However, in the teaching of Japanese as a first and second language, this has been viewed as an essential skill that enables a variety of other “higher” skills. The perception of copying as a language learning activity is applicable to EFL classrooms, as it can provide the students with opportunities to be conscious of the details of sentences and passages by allowing them to notice what can be missed if they only read or hear those sentences and passages. Copying can also expose students to good examples of language use, thus helping them to form an image of “good English.” The expected positive effects of copying are discussed based on the results of a student questionnaire, where students were instructed by the author to improve their writing skills through copying. In the process, they used an original resource developed by the author, The Copying Booklet. Based on discussions with students, this article also recommends improvements to this classroom practice.

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