ESL Writing: A Simple Scoring Rubric

Anyone who teaches ESL writing knows there comes a time when student papers pile up on the desk and they have to be marked. The hard part, when faced with 30 or more regular submissions, is finding a way to give English writing students meaningful input without spending hours generating feedback.

A writing rubric is one possible solution.

Below is a suggested scoring guide. It is simple, yes. Though I hope it provides useful guidance.

This rubric is suitable for one paragraph

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Summary Writing Lesson: NPR Sleep Lesson 2

The previous post introduced the idea of summary writing. It showed students how to structure a summary paragraph using a process I call FACT. The challenge for students was to listen to an NPR podcast and write a one paragraph summary.

Sample Summary Paragraph

Here is a sample which can help English students understand the structure of a summary paragraph.

In this podcast, scientists asked a question: can people

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Summary Writing Lesson With NPR

Here is an outline which can be used to begin a new writing class. The starting point for this ESL writing class is learning how to write one-paragraph summaries in a multi-skill English communication class that uses podcasts from NPR.

1. Purpose of class

  • improve the students’ ability to communicate clear ideas in writing

2. Short-term objectives

Over the next few weeks, you will learn many tricks to help students

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Student Skills for the Future

Here is a video lesson which describes seven skills that students will need in the future in order to be successful. It’s a great list with skills that are very important for ESL English students here in Korea.

These must-have skills are:

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Collaboration across networks and leading by influence
  • Agility and adaptability
  • Initiative and entrepreneurialism
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Accessing and analyzing information
  • Curiosity and imagination

If you don’t have time to watch the video, you can get the essential information here.