How to Self-Assess Your Teaching of Early Writing to EFL Learners

Use the following writing checklist to self-assess your teaching of early writing in the primary stage.


  • Have I prepared a good pre-writing activity?
  • Have I chosen a topic that is suitable for my students?
  • Have I given clear instructions and modeled the task clearly?
  • Have I thought about what equipment or materials I will need?
  • Have I thought about how to attract my students’ attention?


  • Have I considered how long the activity will take?
  • Do my students know when to stop writing?


  • Have I worked on only a few errors at a time?
  • Have I specified the kinds of errors I should work on first?
  • Have I corrected the students’ errors correctly using symbols that tell students what kind of error they made?
  • Have I remembered to point out what students did right?
  • Are my students alert to their errors?
  • Have I set goals for improving students’ writing?
  • Do I help my students overcome their fears when I correct their writing?

Attention, please!

If you want to get a valuable resource for teaching early writing, a practical guide to teaching writing in the primary stage is now available.

Teaching Early Writing to ESL/EFL Learners

It is a step-by-step guide for EFL teachers to teaching early writing in the early grades. It starts by showing teachers how to teach the basics of handwriting, goes on to give them valuable guidelines to teaching the three types of writing, controlled, guided and free. It ends with showing teachers how to teach paragraph, letter, and email writing with guiding lesson plans. In addition, some useful prewriting activities are included with step-by-step instructions to do them with students. Want to know more?!

Read about what teachers will be able to do after reading the book.


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