What's the purpose of a double-entry journal?
The purpose of double-entry journal (DEJ) is to give you an opportunity to express your thoughts and become more involved with the material you encounter. You can do Double-entry Journals for both articles and listenings that are assigned in class.
How does it work?
You will divide your page into two with a vertical line down the center. On the left side, you will copy down short quotes from the original text that you find interesting in some way. (On the bottom of this page page are a couple of links to examples of DEJs.) In the right column, you will write your personal responses to the quotes on the left.
What should I write?
Write your reactions to the quote that you chose. Your reactions can include your own opinions, disagreements, interpretations, events in your life that the quote reminds you of, comments about grammar, and guesses about the meaning of new words. In effect, you are talking back to the author or speaker as you write your responses.
How is a DEJ helpful?
With double-entry journals, you choose what's important to you about the reading and ask your own questions. Writing in a double-entry journal will help you understand and remember not only what you read but the new vocabulary you encounter as well. You will also have more fun when you discuss what you wrote in your double-entry journals with your classmates.
Can I see some examples?
Sure you can. Here are two links:
- A DEJ from a high-intermediate ESL student using Reader's Digest
- A DEJ from an advanced ESL student using Macleans
Do you want to learn more about double-entry journals?
Check out these two reading textbooks:
- Achieving Fluency in English: A Whole-Language Book by Adele MacGowan-Gilhooly
- Achieving Clarity in English: A Whole-Language Book by Adele MacGowan-Gilhooly