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    Dialogue Journal Writing in a Foreign Language Classroom: Assessing Communicative Competence and Proficiency. Lynn Patricia Baudrand-aertker Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

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    D ia lo g u e jo u rn a l w r i t in g in a fo re ig n la n g u ag e c lassro o m : A ssess in g co m m u n ic a tiv e c o m p e ten c e a n d p ro fic iency

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  • DIALOGUE JOURNAL WRITING IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE CLASSROOM:

    ASSESSING COMMUNICATIVE COMPETENCE AND PROFICIENCY

    A Dissertation

    Submitted to the Graduate Faculty of the Louisiana State University and

    Agricultural and Mechanical College in partial fulfillment of the

    requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy

    in

    The Department of Curriculum and Instruction

    by Lynn Baudrand-Aertker

    B.S., Louisiana State University, 1986 M.Ed., Louisiana State University, 1987

    December, 1992

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  • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

    I am very grateful to all the members of my committee for their support during the

    research process: Dr. Robert Lafayette, professor of Curriculum and Instruction and

    professor of French; Dr. David England, professor of Curriculum and Instruction; Dr.

    William Doll, professor of Curriculum and Instruction; Dr. Neil Matthews, professor of

    Curriculum and Instruction; Dr. Carmen Rogers, assistant professor of Curriculum and

    Instruction; Dr. Lyle Campbell, professor o f Spanish. I thank Robert C. Lafayette, my

    mentor, for his expert guidance, direction, and faith in the discovery process. I would

    like to acknowledge my deep gratitude for his total involvement in the entire writing

    process and his tireless attention to detail. His positive attitude and concern for me as

    a person allowed me to succeed.

    I would also like to extend my thanks to the students who, with me, generated this

    data. I thank all twenty-one of them for their cooperation both in the classroom and in

    this study.

    Finally, I would like to thank my family. Their support has enabled me to complete

    this endeavor. I want to express special thanks to my husband, my daughter, and my son

    who have stood by me every minute of this research. I thank my father for instilling in

    me the desire to succeed, a love of learning, and for his moral and financial support

    throughout my graduate studies.

    Aucun mot n'est assez fort pour exprimer ma gratitude envers mon pere, Louis

    Baudrand. Son amour, sa confiance, son aide financiere m’ont accompagnee tout au

    long de ma recherche. Je le remercie du fond du coeur.

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  • TABLE OF CONTENTS

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    ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ..................................................................................................... ii

    LIST OF TABLES .............................................................................................................. vi

    LIST OF FIGURES..............................................................................................................viii

    ABSTRACT............................................................................................................................. ix

    INTRODUCTION......................................................................................................................1

    A Hi story of the Teaching of Writing in Foreign Languages.............................................4 Recent Developments: Writing as a Process....................................................................9 Dialogue Journals ..........................................................................................................13 The Need for the Study...................................................................................................23 The Research Questions.................................................................................................. 25 Definition of Terms.......................................................................................................... 27

    REVIEW OF LITERATURE................................................................................................30

    Historical Perspective....................................................................................................... 30 Dialogue Journals and Communicative Competence................................................32 Studies of the Relationship between Student Attitudes, Writing Instruction, and Writing Development......................................... 40

    Studies of Analyses of Dialogue Journals ................................................................ 47 Studies of Students’ Attitude ............................................................................... 47 Studies of Writing Improvement............................................................................. 48 Studies of Quantity....................................................................................................52 Studies of Coherence................................................................................................53 Studies of Appropriateness........................................................................................ 54 Studies o f Functions...................................................................................................56 Studies o f Interactiveness........................................................................................... 57

    METHOD..................