If I felt that they were struggling with their writing, I would be a little more lenient with my comments and help them with overlying concepts. If they had good writing, I was a little stricter on their grammar mechanics and commented a bit more on the little things contrary to those who were a lower level. I also took into account my philosophy and how I wanted to have constructive criticism within my comments. As mentioned, I will focus on student strengths and weaknesses. Constructive criticism can be hard to find in some student writing, but as an instructor, I will always give students constructive criticism no matter the quality of writing.
Consequently, writing skills are important to developing a student’s appreciation of Western culture and a student who does not acquire sound writing skills is deprived of many benefits of reading and communicating with the Western world. This essay will explore the key principles for developing writing skills for non-English speakers, and how these principles can be applied by a teacher of English writing skills in a classroom context. The essay will explore relevant literature and research in this area. Key Principles for Developing Writing Skills The ability to write and express oneself in a second language with accuracy and coherence is a complicated skill. As stated by Celce-Murcia, as many native speakers of English never master this skill (Celce-Murcia, M, p187).
However, this subject will give a challenge to the students if there is no guidance from parents or people around. If all parties concerned the importance of English, the problems faced by the students can be avoided. We are aware that learning grammar in the classroom plays an important role in establishing the use of English among students. But it is quite less attention and no emphasis than functional English which more students are asked to create an essay and speaking in English and consequently many Malaysians who are not able to make correct sentences in English. At the start of learning English, mastery of grammar is very important because it is a basic guide for students.
Strickland (2005) explained, “Children do need to learn by reading, but what teachers need to do is support them as they read, so they can do what real readers do. This isn’t done through skills and drills, phonics worksheets, or sequencing activities. It’s done through books and talk and listening and thinking” (p. 2). Strickland supported the idea that students need to find purpose in their learning, and when teachers teach through assessment and drill, the students cannot find the meaning or application of their learning. Assessment and Drill Many factors can influence children’s ability to read (Combs, 2012).
Some may argue that liking writing is not something that can be taught, but I think students can learn to enjoy writing if they are given the right assignments. I plan on teaching and using all three rhetorics in my classroom because I think they’re all necessary for success as a well-rounded writer. Using the current traditional rhetoric model can be tedious and restricting, but it’s a necessary skill to have for the future, particularly when it comes to writing essays. Once students have mastered form, they will discover that they actually do have a lot of freedom in expressing their views within it. The epistemic model can be difficult because one always has to keep audience in mind, but it is also very useful, and shows students that their writing can make a difference.
When teaching grammar I want my students to know that it is not perfect, but that there are different settings where a different language may be more appropriately applied. There is a certain level of humility involved in teaching and being a student. Providing students with the confidence to ask questions is important. This means making sure the appropriate tone is taken when presenting fact and answering questions. Teaching grammar only works if there is open communication between teacher and student.
A human being can only take in so much information in one sitting; this is key information to know especially when teaching grammar because it can be very intense. Practice and application are important when developing language skills. A good grammar teacher will allow students time to practice and test students in order to find out where they are at in acquiring a language. Students should be subjected to mini grammar tests that hold little to no grade value, but are helpful to the teacher so that he or she may assess where their student stands in that course. Tests are ways to assess where students are at in the learning process, what they have learned, and what they need to improve in the class.
While at the same time understand someone out of the classroom setting, brushes up on their skills in writing with these books before they have to complete some type of report that needs to be concrete and readable. Students and other writers should understand that while these books can be effective tools they simply are that a tool and not a style that should be studied, and copied word for word. In these two different forms of writing and style that are addressed by both authors I feel they are targeting different audiences that have two dissimilar styles. These books are great tools for perfecting our style as writers, but they should not be relied on too heavily by the writer. Everyone has a different angle of style they go for in their writing; these books simply either enhance that style, or with books like Strunk and White’s curtail that style into one of the authors.
With the problems about the students’ vague writing, they should be able to change or modify their teaching style and adjust for their students. It is time to change the students’ perspective and not rely on school books alone. The best solution could be the use of free writing exercises to help organize thoughts and unleash their natural voice to write clearly. The next time they encounter writings in the future, students will also enjoy reading them because they understood them and they know what they wrote. Works Cited Macrorie, K. “The Poisoned Fish,” About Language: A Reader for Writers.
For example, instead of writing “awk” as a feedback on a poorly constructed sentence, it would be more helpful if the teacher were to provide reasons to why it was awkward and to give clear instructions. It may impede the teacher’s free time, but their help will give me an opportunity to use it as a guide when revising my writing and it will improve my future essay assignments. Over the years of my schooling, I have gradually developed my writing preparation to help me become a better writer. I continue to find ways to improve my writing abilities by working on my weaknesses and by incorporating the feedback I receive from my peers and my instructors into my essays. At times, I still struggle when preparing to start my essay, but with precise and organized planning and obtaining the help of others, I am certain that I will become more proficient in my writing