Feeding Your Mind, Improving Your Writing

Authors

  • Nancy Rocío Pinzón Ramírez
  • Aura Victoria Ramos

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5294/laclil.2009.2.1.5

Abstract

The central concern of the present investigation is to guide high school students to learn and write paragraphs using the traffic signal colours mnemonic technique while studying biotechnology topics. These students participated actively in laboratory experiments, practical workshops and computer classroom sections. They expanded their knowledge and written practice using the resources compiled in a web page and sending some of their compositions via e-mail. From the paragraphs created and corrected by students themselves, it is possible to assert that the “Step Up to Writing” program and content-based instruction provided them with a very useful path to improve both their writing skills and their knowledge about food. 

Author Biographies

Nancy Rocío Pinzón Ramírez

Nancy Rocío Pinzón Ramírez holds a Master of Science in Chemistry from Universidad Pedagógica Nacional de Colombia. She developed research projects with Industrial Chemistry High School Students. She has taught science in English in bilingual schools. She is currently teaching chemistry at INEM Santiago Pérez High School where she developed a cross-curricular content-based approach entitled: “Feeding your mind, improving your writing”. This project was the result of the PFPD in “Communicative Competence, ELT Methodology and Optimization of Language Resource Centers” held at Universidad de La Sabana from February to November 2008. 

Aura Victoria Ramos

Aura Victoria Ramos holds a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics in TEFL from Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas. She took a CEELT course in London and participated in a Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program in Colorado Springs, CO, USA in 2002-2003. She has participated as a workshop presenter in COLOMBO Americano, ASOCOPI, and INEM Santiago Perez symposiums. She is currently teaching English at INEM Santiago Pérez High school where she developed a cross-curricular contend-based approach entitled: “Feeding your mind, improving your writing”. This project is the result of the PFPD in “Communicative Competence, ELT Methodology and Optimization of Language Resource Centers” held at Universidad de La Sabana from February to November 2008. 

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Published

2009-12-16

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