Writing is a skill to be trained: “Rather than expecting students to put all these skills together, we must consider how to break them up, practise them effectively and gradually combine them – on the journey of developing writing.”
Olha Madylus, an experienced teacher and teacher trainer gives her thoughts on the first of our Solutions Speaking Challenges: ‘My students keep making the same mistakes’.
As teachers we may despair of marking our students’ written work and writing that ‘C+ musttry harder’ at the bottom of their compositions, but let’s spare a thought for those poor students, who may after all be trying as hard as they can.
First let’s admit it – writing is hard!
They are on their own
Students face a number of challenges producing correct and appropriate texts. For a start it is usually a solitary task, often given as homework and therefore unsupported. In class students can find support from each other doing pair or group work and also from their teacher. Writing a composition for homework, they often don’t know how to help themselves.
*Consider allowing students to write compositions collaboratively in…
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