Teaching adult, non-native speakers how to write English requires two things. One, an awareness of how hard it is to learn English writing from a low starting point. Two, core activities that support skills development and build confidence. In that regard, here are 4 writing activities that work well with beginner adults.
Is writing a simple act of organizing words on a piece of paper? No, writing is more than that. Writing is thinking. So the question for teachers is, how do we get students learning English to think? One way is to ask students to summarize and analyze.
Can writing be a transformative experience for students learning English? That’s the question I want to tackle after reading some exciting research that suggests specific kinds of writing assignments can help change a person’s life. It’s an idea with considerable potential, but can it be adapted to an ESL setting?
Writing lessons take too long? Effective writing in the ESL class doesn’t always require a period or more of concentrated composition. Students can learn much from short English assignments with specific outcomes. Here are three fun, quick writing activities with video prompts that can be adapted for almost any class level, including elementary school.