ELE3104: COMPILATION OF NOTES ELE3104 TOPIC 5-8
Prepared by : Hanis Athirah Rusli and Nuraini Mohd Nasir PISMP SEM 6 2012
5.0 THE TEACHING AND ASSESSING OFWRITING SKILLS
Writing is the system for interpersonalcommunication using visible signs or graphic symbols on a flat surfacesuch as paper, cloth n ect.
Purpose of writing:
To get thing done
To maintain relationship
To document occurances,events, ect
Types of writing:
5.1 PRINCIPLE OF TEACHING WRITING1. Understand your students’ reasons forwriting.
The greatest dissatisfaction with writinginstruction comes when the teacher’sgoals do not match the student’s, or whenthe teacher’s goals do not match those ofthe school or institution in which thestudent works. It is important to understandboth and to convey goals to students inways that make sense to them.
2. Provide many opportunities for studentsto write.
Writing almost always improves withpractice. Evaluate your lesson plans: howmuch time is spent reading or talkingabout writing, and how much is spentactually writing? Practice writing shouldprovide students with different types ofwriting as well. Short responses to areading, journal entries, letter writing,summaries, poetry, or any type of writingyou find useful in your class should bepracticed in class.
3. Make feedback helpful and meaningful.
Students crave feedback on their writing,yet it doesn’t always have the intendedeffect. If you write comments on students’papers, make sure they understand thevocabulary or symbols you use. Take timeto discuss them in class. Be cautious aboutthe tone of your comments.
Find one good idea the studenthas, and make an encouragingcomment about it.
Find a place where the studentwasn’t clear, and write a commentthat will help her/him clarify it.
Identify a grammar problem, andmake a comment that will help thestudent see the problem in other places in the paper.
4. Clarify for yourself, and for your students,how their writing will be evaluated.
Students often feel that the evaluation oftheir writing is completely subjective.Teachers often hear, “I just don’tunderstand what you want.” One way tocombat that feeling is to first develop astatement for yourself about what is valuedin student writing, either in your classroomor in your institution as a whole.