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English Teaching Forum, v51 n2 p2-11 2013

Using dialogue journals gives English language learners valuable writing practice. This article explores topics such as audience, fluency, teacher-student relationships, empowerment, and making the connection to academic writing. And the author gives practical advice on how teachers can institute dialogue journals in their classrooms and how best to respond to students' journals.

Descriptors: Diaries, English Language Learners, Writing Instruction, Audiences, Teacher Student Relationship, Student Empowerment, Feedback (Response), Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), Writing Skills, Academic Discourse, Language Fluency, Students, Writing Difficulties, Student Journals

US Department of State. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs, SA-5, 2200 C Street NW 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20037. e-mail: etforum[at]; Web site:

Author: Denne-Bolton, Sara


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