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      How do you approach writing in the classroom? Read our writers' ideas and add your own comments.

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      Class journals

      Students often write in their English classes, following a specific genre in order to do so: the informal email; a job application letter, etc. Of course, it is important that they learn this kind of writing (which is usually essential for exam success), but it doesn’t always encourage them to write for the sake of writing, and to get used to writing in a more relaxed and creative way.

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      Planning a writing lesson

      Writing, unlike speaking, is not an ability we acquire naturally, even in our first language - it has to be taught. Unless L2 learners are explicitly taught how to write in the new language, their writing skills are likely to get left behind as their speaking progresses.

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      Creative writing for language learners (and teachers)

      Creative writing normally refers to the production of texts which have an aesthetic rather than a purely informative, instrumental or pragmatic purpose.

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      Making writing communicative

      Writing, like all other aspects of language, is communicative. Think about what we write in real life. We write e-mails, lists, notes, covering letters, reports, curriculums, assignments, essays perhaps if we study.

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      Encouraging peer response

      Some time ago, I wrote an article about different ways of responding to your students' written work. This present article builds on those ideas and gives suggestions for how students can respond to each other's writings.

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      Using mind maps to develop writing

      Mind maps can be used for a multitude of purposes. This article outlines how they can effectively be used to help support and develop students' writing skills.

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      Writing and elementary learners

      This article is about bringing some energy and excitement to the process of writing in the classroom. It's about how to create a writing environment that is 'authentic,' and purposeful.

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      Responding to content

      This article explores how you can encourage your students to focus on content in their writing and gives ideas for how to respond to it.

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      How to approach discursive writing

      Since writing is primarily about organising information and communicating meaning, generating ideas is clearly going to be a crucial part of the writing process.

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      Making writing communicative

      Writing, like all other aspects of language, is communicative. Think about what we write in real life. We write e-mails, lists, notes, covering letters, reports, curriculums, assignments, essays perhaps if we study.

      3.75

      Encouraging peer response

      Some time ago, I wrote an article about different ways of responding to your students' written work. This present article builds on those ideas and gives suggestions for how students can respond to each other's writings.

      3.831325

      Using mind maps to develop writing

      Mind maps can be used for a multitude of purposes. This article outlines how they can effectively be used to help support and develop students' writing skills.

      3.87097

      Class journals

      Students often write in their English classes, following a specific genre in order to do so: the informal email; a job application letter, etc. Of course, it is important that they learn this kind of writing (which is usually essential for exam success), but it doesn’t always encourage them to write for the sake of writing, and to get used to writing in a more relaxed and creative way.

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      Class journals

      Students often write in their English classes, following a specific genre in order to do so: the informal email; a job application letter, etc. Of course, it is important that they learn this kind of writing (which is usually essential for exam success), but it doesn’t always encourage them to write for the sake of writing, and to get used to writing in a more relaxed and creative way.

      4.10959

      Creative writing for language learners (and teachers)

      Creative writing normally refers to the production of texts which have an aesthetic rather than a purely informative, instrumental or pragmatic purpose.

      3.75

      Encouraging peer response

      Some time ago, I wrote an article about different ways of responding to your students' written work. This present article builds on those ideas and gives suggestions for how students can respond to each other's writings.

      3.22222

      How to approach discursive writing

      Since writing is primarily about organising information and communicating meaning, generating ideas is clearly going to be a crucial part of the writing process.

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      Khuraman Safarova
      Azerbaijan

      Preparation of the writing is important and further activity of the lesson depends on it.To...
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      Khuraman Safarova
      Azerbaijan

      Dear Joanna, your article is helpful and important for the readers. I learned much, thank you...
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      irischaouch
      Algeria

      It's useful,i like it. .students love it.terrific classroom,active students and a very nice...
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