Month Three of the ESL Educators Blog Carnival focuses on teaching ESL students how to write. Read up on what some of our favorite ESL educators have to say on the subject and don’t forget to check out last month’s carnival, which focused on Classroom Management Techniques.
Most newbie teachers are afraid to teach writing as they often don’t know where to start and the writing problems of most EFL students can get a bit overwhelming . . . But, in fact, writing can be an easy and productive effort when approached from the right direction. This post offers you that guidance and even includes two free EFL writing manuscripts to download.
Ted Tucker is a retired TEFL educator and TEFL Teacher Trainer. With an overseas career that started as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana in 1989 – he has been abroad ever since working in countries throughout Asia and the Middle East. You can find him at http://www.TEFLnewbie.com and http://www.TEFLteacherTraining.com/
Teaching ESL Writing is Fun!
As an English teacher in Taiwan, I spent the majority of my time teaching basic English to four to six year olds. Besides learning how to write their names, this age group wasn’t ready for more advanced writing exercises. I did, however, teach a group of older students three times a week in the afternoon. Their spoken English was already quite advanced, which allowed me to focus more time on their reading and writing skills.
One of my favorite teaching techniques was to create unique Mad Libs that tied into our classroom material…
Andrew Dunkle studied Chinese and Art History at the University of Colorado, and is now the Senior Editor of GoOverseas.com. He loves to travel, and has so far called Colorado, Australia, Taiwan, and California home. His next adventure? He’s thinking South America. Follow Andrew on Twitter at @AndrewOverseas, and at GoOverseas.com
ESL Tips: How To Motivate Your Students to Write
Do you have students who don’t like to write? Do your students just sit for the entire class without writing a word? Do they tell you they hate writing?
The fact is, every student is like that. It’s a challenge for students to write in their own language, and writing in a second language? Forget it! None of your students will be excited about the prospect. With a little creativity, you can change all of that though.
Here are some ideas to spark your students’ writing pens!
Jill is a former ESL instructor and Director of Recruiting, Taiwan and China for Reach To Teach Recruiting, an American recruiting agency that specializes in placing ESL teachers at fine teaching institutions around the globe.
Tips for ESL Educators – The Great Group Writing Experiment
Using group work to accomplish a writing task can have positive outcomes. Here is an analysis of a group writing assignment I’ve used in my classroom: what worked well, what didn’t, and how to make it stronger for your classroom.
I used to dread writing assignments. As a high school student, and even into college, my pre-conceived associations with writing tasks – boredom, time consumption, lack of relativity to everyday life – always seemed to ruin the assignment before it had a chance to breathe. For ESL students, the task of writing in a different language only adds to the challenge. Here are two pre-assignment tips to motivate students to write, and to write well.
Jenna Makowski currently teaches English as a second language in Wroclaw, Poland. She has previous teaching experience in Moscow and Chicago. She thinks that the best lessons are the ones where the students talk more than the teacher, and that the best students are the ones that teach.
Getting students to write can be hard. Students often feel less inhibited when they are speaking because they can make mistakes without fear of repercussion. When they write, their mistakes are there for everyone to see. Fear of making mistakes (and, even worse, being reprimanded) will suck the joy out of even the funnest lesson. So, in order to encourage students to write I often employ two strategies…
Matt Gibson lived and taught in Taiwan for 7 years before quitting to write full time. His writing can be read on the Huffington Post, Transitions Abroad, and his own website Matt-Gibson.org.
Eva Büyüksimkesyan is an EFL teacher and freelance teacher trainer working in the same high school where she graduated from, and it was her dream.
This monthly series is designed for ESL educators in countries all over the globe. As part of a new Blog Carnival called ESL Educators, I will be posting an informative article on English as a Second Language on the 20th of every month.