Here’s a delightfully simple mingling activity. It fosters students interaction, language exchange, vocabulary development and story writing.
Quick Start Writing Lesson Ideas
Here are some ESL writing activities that work well at the start of a new semester. They get students writing during the first class, which sets the tone for the course. They also give teachers a chance to quickly assess the class level.
Learn English Writing
This is week 4 of the semester. What did we do recently?
- Wrote first draft – an analysis of health and wealth. This included a hypothesis, descriptive of the connection between these two variables, and an evaluation.
- Completed second draft of the homeless story
- Completed chapter 1 and chapter 2 in the textbook
- Weekly fluency activity (e.g. freewriting)
Teach Reasoning in the EFL Writing Class?
Teachers sometimes lament the fact that EFL students can’t seem to write well-reasoned, logical arguments in English.
The underlying socio-linguistic factors thought to influence higher order cognition of that kind are plentiful. For example, some people suggest the way we talk affects our thinking, or the way we write script gives people from some cultures an analytical advantage. Or, it might simply be that people from different cultures see the world differently, as suggested by the Michigan Fish test, and therefore cannot write about experience in the same way.
Here’s another idea.