MUHAMMAD NAWAZ EAL INSTRUCTOR Strategies for Teaching Writing to Pre-Intermediate Learners LYDIA MANS EAL INSTRUCTOR TESL Nova Scotia Conference October.

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<p>Slide 1</p> <p>Muhammad NawazEAL Instructor</p> <p>Strategies for Teaching Writing to Pre-Intermediate Learners</p> <p>Lydia MansEAL Instructor</p> <p> TESL Nova Scotia Conference October 25, 2014Outline</p> <p>IntroductionCommon challenges facing pre-Intermediate writersUsing casual talk about students' lives to generate writingUsing action verbs and bringing realia help achieve a writing taskWorking with vocabulary relevant to students' lives to help students build writingFocussing the writing task on an audience for a real purposeUsing the writing process in an integrated skills lessonUsing mini whiteboards and pictures for micro-writing practice</p> <p>Common Challenges Facing Pre-Intermediate WritersVocabularyConfidence and content to complete the writing taskSentence structure Varying their sentence structure</p> <p>Using casual talk about students' lives to generate writing</p> <p>Weekend talk in post weekend classesWriting personal headlines Posting headlines on the bulletin boardA headline might read "A Fun Visit to All Hallows Eve and Thanks Giving FestivalInteractive discussion on headlines Putting stories to writing (personal narrative)"Headline News" experience helps generate writing that is focused, detailed, and well ordered</p> <p>Using action verbs and bringing realia to the class</p> <p>Working with action verbs around any practical scenario For example, Cooking at Home Action verbs and pictures matching activityReading a recipe with the action verbs made boldGroups discussion to brainstorm foods that could be chopped, fried, boiled, etc. Writing task to generate personal recipes using action verbsOther practical topics:</p> <p>Working with vocabulary relevant to students' lives to help them build writing</p> <p>Task-based lesson with new vocabulary more relevant to students' lives Active tasks on vocabulary - in pairs and groups Modify, transform, illustrate, reuse, match with definitions and check pronunciationMake extensive use of the dictionary and thesaurus A follow-up writing task (paragraph/email/ instructions) Students can be given a task to bring pictures next day which illustrate new vocabulay</p> <p>Focussing the writing task on an audience for a real purpose</p> <p>Abstract and hypothetical writing tasks are usually challengingWriting to a potential audience for a real purpose makes it more achievable Brainstorm concrete purpose and audience in groupsPersonalize the topic Write a short note/email/paragraph in authentic writingUsing the writing process in an integrated skills lessonAn integrated skills lesson Pre-writing group discussions Reading models and samples, Listening to people talking about a similar situation Discussing the topic and taking notes Writing the first draftReviewing and editing with a self-assessment checklistPeer or group review Teachers feedback and correction in a comfortable environmentRevised / final draft Mini Whiteboards</p> <p>A really quick way to see whos got it, who doesnt have a clue, and when to move on.Sentence ConstructionMake a sentence with 7 words aboutMake a sentence with 8 words about.Make a sentence with 10 words about.... using the conjunction but</p> <p>Mini-Whiteboards &amp; CardsSubjects :Verbs: Time Phrases:</p> <p>Conjunctions:Modals:Questions:</p> <p>the teacherinventall of the childrenhis familyshopthinkstudyin the morningyesterdaySince 2005neveroftentomorrowandbutbecausedespitewhenwho</p> <p>whatshouldcouldwouldmustLets Practice!studymy sisterat the moment Lets Practice!studyall of the studentstomorrowWhere Lets Practice!The English teachersthis afternoonso Lets Practice!startemployeesmustbecauseWhen to use it:Preparing for a guest speaker</p> <p>Writing a notice (safety, keeping the kitchen clean, email policies) WhatWhyshouldmustbecausewhenif</p> <p>How </p> <p>http://bit.ly/10fLCZ8Task: Write a safety notice for the volunteers working in the libraryWhat nouns, verbs, and adjectives can be used to describe this picture?Identify 5 unsafe things. </p> <p>http://intellidatasystems.com/pct/download.shtml</p> <p>What nouns, verbs, and adjectives can be used to describe this picture?Identify 4 unsafe things.Task: You are a landlord of an apartment. Write a notice for your tenants with some safety rules. When to use it:Writing a note/letter/e-mail explaining something (landlord, friend, manager, teacher, neighbour)</p> <p>A kijiji ad</p> <p>Ifbecausebut</p> <p>whenFor several years usuallyIfwhen</p> <p> What information did they give about the bike?</p> <p>What verb tenses do you see?</p> <p>Can you spot any compound or complex sentences? BenefitsCan see immediately who and how many have understoodStudents have to negotiate with a partner how to write the sentence correctly.Students have to self editImmediate and tailored feedback specific to each students needs. Fun and motivating for students </p> <p>SummaryTask-based lessons help students learn structure and vocabulary in contextCasual talk, focusing on the real audience, action verbs, and realia help students generate writingMini-white boards help students improve their sentence structure</p> <p> Thank You!</p>

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