Date posted: June 12, 2017
A dialogue journal is an ongoing written communication between two people to exchange experiences, ideas, or thoughts. The focus is on meaningful writing, not grammar or spelling. Used in teaching, it has several benefits including:
- Practicing writing to gain fluency
- Allowing students to show their strengths and interests
- Being an informal means of formative assessment
- Providing students with individualized instruction
- Allowing instructors to model grammar
- Helping develop a relationship as the instructor learns more about the student and the student learns more about the instructor as a person.
To learn more about how dialogue journals can be used in adult EAL classes, read Dialogue Journals: Interactive Writing to Develop Language and Literacy.