Teaching Writing May 7 - 11, 2007


Dear subscribers,

Recently the Special Topics discussion list hosted a discussion
about the "What Works for Adult ESL Students" study and several related
topics. Archives of that discussion can be found at
http://lincs.ed.gov/pipermail/specialtopics/2007/date.html. For years on
this list there has been a continuing thread of teachers and tutors
sharing instructional strategies and practice (what works) to help
learners acquire the English proficiency they need and want.

To continue with this tradition, next week-and beyond-I am
asking you to share strategies, techniques, and activities that have
worked for you in helping adult English language learners improve their
English writing skills.

May 7-11, Sharon McKay will be facilitating the discussion about
what works for teaching writing to adult English language learners.
Below are some initial questions and some background reading.

Questions about teaching writing

  • What ideas or philosophy guide your classroom practice related
    to writing?
  • What kinds of writing activities do learners work on in your
    class? What activities have been most successful? What do the learners
    say about the their writing?
  • How do you integrate writing with the other skills (e.g.,
    reading, speaking, listening) and lifeskills, civics, or academic
  • What are some of the challenges in teaching writing and how are
    you working through them?

Background reading

Here's some background articles that may help focus the

I look forward to hearing how you teach writing in your class or


Lynda Terrill

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