How to teach teens to write

How to teach teens to write

‘Writing? Oh, great! Can we do it every lesson?’ – said, probably, no teenager ever. Meanwhile, writing is one of the productive skills which should, if not say must, be taught properly. It deeply requires students to be motivated and prepared. How to prepare teenagers for writing? Let’s try to figure it out.

Make sure they have ideas

Not only teenagers but adults as well can struggle with a writing task just because they have not so much to say. It is particularly noticeable when we work with high-level groups or exam classes. Essay topics are getting more and more complicated and exam tasks have never stopped being challenging. How to help your students?

  • Background reading helps a lot. If you are planning a writing lesson, ask students to read something at home in advance. It might be some particular article you’ve chosen for them or something they’ll find on their own.   
  • Native language, or L1, is of great use here as wel