This way students’ strengths and weakness in grammar are considered more than teaching the rules of grammar. In order to learn and gain an understanding of grammar, it must be a part of students’ education since it helps students correct their overlooked mistakes and for professionalism’s sake. Grammar is needed as Christensen’s article summarizes when she says, “We must teach our students how to match subjects and verbs, how to pronounce lawyer, because they are the ones without power and, for the moment, they have to use the language of the powerful to be heard (Christensen).” Grammar is important for our writing, nevertheless; grammar shouldn’t be the focus of how we write instead our thoughts should
The writer can enhance their writing abilities by reading lots of different texts. Also the writer should read both good and bad texts that way the writer can determine which way is the correct way to write. It is a good idea for the reader to get the context for the text before the reader just jumps in and reads the paper or book. Another part of being a good writer is knowing the different writing strategies and how to use them the correct way. An example of a good writer constantly reading to improve their own skills comes from the paper titled “My Favorite Teacher,” written by Thomas L. Friedman.
Writing under pressure leads writers to include all th... ... middle of paper ... ...t. Writing prompts make writers creative and helps them further ideas they already have or create new ideas all together. Prompts lead to a structured format for writing when evaluated properly. Applying research to a writing sample is one of the best ways to establish and further opinions. It is important to present research correctly and to cite it accurately to avoid removing credibility from the source. A writer’s best sample will only become “nearly perfect” once those habits that weaken writing disappear.
It would be nice to say that good style is just correct grammar and word usage but it’s not so. Williams knows this and blatantly points this out in his preface of the book. He acknowledges that his book is different from stylebooks in the past mentioning that this book is not for everyone. Williams divulges secrets of the trade in an interesting although sometimes hard to grasp conversation with the reader on all subjects of writing. This does include grammatical problems and word usage concerns but Williams explains both sides and shows how at times both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ aspects of writing can be right depending on the context it is used in.
The Best in Style ‘Style’ is an idea that can mean different things to different people. Some like to define it in terms of ‘being one's self’ and going against the norm. But after reading two prominent style guides, "Style Towards Clarity and Grace," and "The Elements of Style," I began to form a different view on the subject as it pertains to writing. When attempting ‘good style’ and ‘good writing,’ writers should try to be original and not follow every rule religiously, but still follow some common writing elements. Many can increase usability for readers.
As Zinsser states, “Develop one voice that readers will recognize when they hear it on the page,” (Zinsser 231). When it comes to writing he believes one should not try to sound casual, one should not breezy write. When a writer tries to breezy write Zinsser states, that instead of making the reading more of an ease to read the writer is putting up obstacles; cheap slang, cliches, windy philosophizing etc. which can just complicated the reading. They also take from one 's originality, one 's mark on a paper.
As stated by Celce-Murcia, as many native speakers of English never master this skill (Celce-Murcia, M, p187). Mastery of English Fundamentals That good writing skills take time to develop is understandable since good written expression draws on many other aspects of one’s English abilities – including a good grasp of English grammar, accurate spelling, extensive vocabulary, unders... ... middle of paper ... ... ability to read widely improves a learner`s writing skills. In designing classroom activities, a teacher could apply pedagogical practices that exercise a range of these skills. Joy Reid suggests the use of cooperative and group work that offer writers authentic audiences, the integration of language skills in class activities, and the use of relevant, authentic materials and tasks (Carter, R and Nunna D, (Eds), p32). Conclusion As Prabhu states, there is no best method to teaching English writing (Prabhu, N.S, p175) and a successful teacher is likely to use a combination of all these methodologies.
Moreover, they have to make lesson plans to achieve the objectives of the lesson and arrange the time according to their lessons and ... ... middle of paper ... ...ties and he encouraged students to speak in English. Although their proficiency level was low, he used his body language, gestures to make all students understand. He also used real materials in order to make them understand and attract their attention in this way. I think that, I have benefited from his experience. In my future teaching, I will follow his teaching techniques because he really taught me how to be a good English teacher.
No doubt, I agree with him. It is important to know how to start writing what may be an unknown language. I think it is important to emphasize both matters when first learning to write. Learning punctuation/grammar anybody can learn, but developing ones own voice can be turned into something unique. Writing is a dark spot for many, because of the issues both Elbow and Pondiscio are trying to address.
Many are written as lists of rules about word choice, constructions to avoid, common stylistic traps, and other such things. One of these is The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White. Another type are the books that go into more detail that further explain why some things work in writing and some things don’t. Style Toward Clarity and Grace by Joseph M. Williams would fall into this category.