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Understanding Teaching Early Writing Check

In general, the teacher should go through the following three stages when teaching writing to ESL/EFL adult learners:

1. Pre-Writing Stage:

  • Introduce the topic, discuss a picture, a table or any other prompt for writing.

  • Provide ideas, words, and patterns to help students in writing.

  • Explain the task itself specifying certain organization of the composed text.

2. The Writing Process:

  • Provide needed materials.

  • Provide needed support and help for students.

  • Create a quiet atmosphere for students to have the chance to think.

3. Post-Writing Stage:

  • Collect the products, check and correct them.

  • Give feedback orally and/or in writing.

  • Display the good products; read or fix them on the wall.

But, do you know how to teach early writing to ESL/EFL learners?

Do not answer with yes or no before using the following “Understanding Teaching Early Writing Check”

  1. What does early writing mean?

  2. Why should teachers of English encourage their students to write?

  3. What kinds of errors should the teacher expect when teaching early writing?

  4. Should the teacher correct all errors?

  5. What are the three types of writing?

  6. How can teachers teach controlled writing?

  7. What are the ways to make learning the mechanics of writing fun?

  8. What are some useful prewriting activities?

  9. What are some of the difficulties you expect to encounter in teaching early writing?

  10. How might you overcome them?

Want a Resource on How to Teach Early Writing?

Here is my eBook on Teaching Early Writing to ESL/EFL Learners.  that answers all the questions above. It is a practical guide to teaching writing in the primary stage. It gives teachers step-by-step instructions to teach basics of handwriting and tells them what to do exactly when teaching paragraph, letter and email writing. This guide enables teachers to have control of their teaching early writing to kindergarten and primary leaners.



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