Writing Strategies

1On 18 March I attended the seminar held by Judy Copage , the author of FCE Writing and Get on Track to FCE. Judy turned out to be a very friendly charming speaker full of practical ideas to share.
There were a few things she made me think about.
Her first question to the teachers was : “Do you like writing yourselves?” Two or three hands slowly raised in the hall packed with more than 50 English teachers. Of course, we do not enjoy writing just for that reason that it is really hard, time-consuming work with the rubbish bin full of crumpled drafts as a result. However, it is the teacher who must show his enthusiasms about writing setting the example for students to follow!


Judy did a research and asked teachers and students what features make a very good piece of writing. Student’s top answers were accuracy and spelling whereas teachers claimed that they appreciate interesting ideas and more concerned with quality of the thoughts. As we see, there is a problem – different expectations…
Have you ever asked yourself :”What should a student do to impress me? And is this student aware of my expectations?”
Every teacher knows how important it is to prepare a student  for writing. More than 60% of a successful writing lies in preparation phase. Make sure the student left your classroom with clear understanding of what he is going to write about (brainstorm the ideas as a whole class) and how he is going to do it (supply the student with a good sample,equip him with all necessary language tools and a clear layout ).Set up carefully, put in and get out.  And remember, if you get garbage from your student, it is what you put in!


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Lena Baraboi

Lena Baraboi

ESL Teacher, BA in English and French Philology BA in Translation, Canada. Hello Everyone,I want to join the network of people Irina has created all throughout her career, and want to say that she is a bright teacher, a very positive and dynamic coach, and a really interesting person to talk to. ...

Александр

Александр

Александр, ученик Английским занимаюсь с первого класса. После 4-го пошел на курсы. В 10-м встретил Ирину Ботнарь. Примерно уже со второго занятия я понял, что ходить и заниматься английским очень интересно. Уроки проходили быстро, занимался с радостью. Хочу отметить, что благодаря Ирине увеличился...

Александра Парамонова

Александра Парамонова

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Алена Полищук

Алена Полищук

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