The New Greek Elementary Language Arts Textbooks: Teaching Written Discourse Production

By Anna Fterniati.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The purpose of this paper is to present the framework used for developing the new Greek elementary language arts textbooks, as well as to outline the teaching methodologies implemented. These include the different philosophical and pedagogical theories used for the development of the new textbooks. The paper analyses the adopted didactic approaches and points out the perceptions and practices regarding the teaching of written discourse production. Emphasis is placed on the use of various strategies for the production of specific and appropriate text types. Fundamental to achieving the stated objectives of the new textbooks is that:
· students come into contact with a large variety of texts.
· students produce written discourse continuously.
· students engage in self-assessment as well as in peer-assessment of their work.
· written discourse production is perceived as a long and ongoing process which includes designing, producing, and revising of the student’s text.
· text production and processing is integrated into wider communicative activities using critical methods.

Keywords: Language Arts, Primary Education, Textual Competence, Written Discourse Production, Genre Based Literacy Pedagogy, Teaching-Learning Processes Model , Self-Assessment, Critical Language Awareness

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 9, pp.111-122. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.554MB).

Dr. Anna Fterniati

Lecturer, Department of Elementary Education, University of Patras, Rio, Patras, Greece

Dr. Anna Fterniati (Bachelor in Letters, D.E.A. in Linguistics, D.E.A. in Educational Psychology, PhD in Language Teaching) has been employed as a teacher in secondary education since 1987, as a researcher at the Hellenic Pedagogical Institute of the Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs between 1997-2005. She has recently been elected to the position of Lecturer in the Department of Elementary Education, Division of Pedagogy, of the University of Patras. She has participated in various research projects and has published papers and books in the field of Language Education and specifically in the field of instruction of written discourse production and assessment. She also has experience and publications in curriculum design and development. She has served as a member of the board of designers of the new National Curriculum for Language Arts in the Greek Primary School (2003) and was a member of the board of editors of the new teacher manuals for Language Arts for elementary education (2004). She has also participated, since 1993, in initial and continuing in-service teacher training.


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