To write an essay is a creative task, no matter where you write it, in a diary for yourself or getting ready for an exam. Of course, the latter activity is quite responsible and takes a lot of time and effort of both the teacher and the student. When was the last time you wrote an essay? Have you ever prepared a student, especially one one who has a lower level of English than you expected, to write anything in English? Some students have specific purposes connected with writing like writing emails to business partners, or writing for exams. How can you encourage, assist, teach them and reach the desirable results?
I often have to grade essays and I have collected a number of important do’s & don’ts of teaching essay writing to weaker students.
STEP-1 Define your students’ weak points:
- Use Small talk – even if you follow a coursebook, while having a conversation with a student, ask questions on different<