When we write in ‘real life’, what kind of process do we follow? We usually need to think first, write a rough draft, review, amend ... and then produce a finished piece.  

How about if we followed this natural process in the classroom? What results would we see in the written texts our learners produce?

This video shows a process writing class in action, demonstrating how the natural process of formulating a text can be followed in the classroom and integrated with other skills. This example shows how the ‘process’ approach gives learners of all ages the tools to produce successful written work at curriculum and exam level, as well as a motivating and rewarding learning experience.

Part 1 shows all the key stages of a process writing lesson in action.

Part 2 examines the students’ reaction to the lesson, focusing on learning points and goals.


Download the session notes below the videos. The notes contain discussion, video-viewing and reflection tasks. Follow the tasks by going through the video in sequence. The video and session notes are designed as self-study resources to be worked through together. Techniques are transferable to other classes in other contexts.

Video titles:

Part 1: A process writing lesson

Part 2: Lesson feedback: learning points and goals

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    Submitted by Lead Pencil on Sat, 06/11/2016 - 16:14


    Hi, I would like to download the videos but cannot understand how. there's a link to share or embed but not direct download. Is there any way to directly download the videos?

    Hi, The videos on our site are available to embed, share, or stream, but cannot currently be downloaded onto your computer. Sorry about that, Cath

    Submitted by mangalaprathaban on Sun, 12/25/2016 - 01:53


    I think, the video has certainly focussed on a few significant ideas,especially about writing an argumentative essay but it has not specified ways on how to structure the argument with various claims and examples.I prefer to teach the learners all about various types of claims and supportive reasons from some good samples of writing before one actually proceeds to teaching them to write an argumentative essay in IELTS Academic Writing. Overall, it is an excellent support tool for those who teach process writing.

    Submitted by henryvillamor2000 on Thu, 06/29/2017 - 04:59


    Hello, Thanks for sharing the video. It shows that the teacher is well organized in his work and knows how to approach the lesson. With regards to the students, I think they have a good foundation of basic English as most of them can quickly think of ideas and can make comments as soon as the teacher raises questions. Having these good foundations from the students the lesson was smoothly done as what it is expected based on the objectives. However, some classes do not have good English foundations and most of them find it difficult to brainstorm ideas or think ideas as quickly as possible. What could be the best approach in dealing with teaching writing to the students? Thanks.

    Submitted by alirezasabz1365 on Wed, 03/13/2019 - 14:09


    all other parts are downloadable, plz fix the problem. we do not have time to watch it online.

    Hello None of the videos on the site are downloadable, but of course they are free to watch directly from the site. If you are having problems accessing the videos from the site, please let us know. Thanks, Cath TE Team

    Submitted by KOUADIO KONAN CESAR on Thu, 10/14/2021 - 14:29


    Hello! I cannot download the videos of the this unit. How should I manage to get them?

    Unfortunately, you cannot download the videos from the site, but they are free to watch online by clicking on the embedded video links above.



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