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VELASQUEZ, Marisol  y  ALONZO, Teresa. Development and transference of writing strategies. Rev. signos [online]. 2007, vol.40, n.63, pp.219-238. ISSN 0718-0934.

This paper presents the results of a field work carried out with the aim of measuring the impact of a pedagogical program to foster in the writing ability of students attending public schools in the cities of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar in Chile. The methodogical design was of a quasi experimental study and the data was gathered both in the control group and in the experimental group on four occasions: a) a pretest, before the program, b) a postest, at the end of the 8 months program, c) another test of similar characteristics, after a 4 month period (including the two month summer vacations) to see whether the gains obtained persisted, and d) a third test aimed to measure the same strategies as the other tests but this time in a different context: that of a Biology class to see whether the students were capable of transfering the writing strategies learned in their language class to another domain. The results are rather revealing of the necessity of teaching writing strategies across the curriculum and not only during language classes. It is also possible to infer from the data that this pedagogical program has to be reformulated to be more effective in the long run

Palabras clave : Written production; strategies; transference of writing strategies; situated writing.

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