21 Apr 2018

HOW TEACHERS CAN HELP THEIR STUDENTS TO BECOME AN EFFECTIVE WRITER

Writing well involves more than simply documenting ideas as they come to mind. It is a process that requires that the writer thinks carefully about the purpose for writing, plan what to say, plan how to say it, and understand what the reader needs to know.

It should be known, that writing is not a linear process, like following a recipe to cook. It is flexible; writers should learn to move easily back and forth between components of the writing process, often altering their plans and revising their text along the way.

Students who develop strong writing skills at an early age acquire a valuable tool for learning, communication, and self-expression. Such skills can be developed through effective writing instruction practices that provide adequate time for students to write.

How Teachers Can Help Students To Be a Better Writer

By teaching a variety of strategies for carrying out each component of the writing process and by supporting students in applying the strategies until they are able to do so independently, teachers can help learners become an effective writer.

Students also should learn that writing is used for a variety of purposes, such as conveying information, making an argument, providing a means for self-reflection, sharing an experience, enhancing understanding of reading, or providing entertainment. Learning how to write well for different purposes is important not only for success in school, but also for active participation in professional and social life. Teachers should begin by teaching students the different purposes for writing and how specific genres, or forms of writing defined by specific features, can help students achieve their writing goals.

When students understand the connection between different genres and writing purposes, they may be more likely to use different genres and think more critically about how to structure their writing.

Students also must learn to adjust their writing to be most effective for their intended readers. Examples of good writing and techniques for writing in specific genres can help students write more effectively for different purposes and audiences.

Word processing can make it easier for many students to carry out the writing process. For instance, text can be added, moved, deleted, or rewritten easily, encouraging students to move flexibly between components of the writing process. Some software programs help students organise their ideas for writing, provide feedback on what they write, and allow students to publish their writing in a variety of forms and formats.

Providing adequate time for students to write is one essential element of an effective writing instruction program. Students need dedicated instructional time to learn the skills and strategies necessary to become effective writers, as well as time to practice what they learn. Time for writing practice can help students gain confidence in their writing abilities. As teachers observe the way students write, they can identify difficulties and assist students with learning and applying the writing process.

 

Article by: Busayo Tomoh

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