Writing skills practice in the EFL classroom

How can we select engaging, authentic tasks to boost our EFL learners’ writing in the TL? Here are 7 criteria for selecting the most suitable activities for a writing skills lesson. Focus on the overall aim of the lesson     When selecting writing tasks for our EFL classroom our main focus should be on whether …

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Correcting our EFL students’ written work

What are the main guidelines we should follow when correcting our students’ written work? Here are 7 tips on providing constructive feedback to our learners that will foster language learning     Writing is one of the most critical skills in foreign language learning as learners have to turn their input into output and produce a …

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The role of collaborative writing in the EFL classroom

How can we turn writing tasks into a stimulating, collaborative activity? Here are 8 tips on boosting learner interaction and language learning through creative writing activities     For Harmer, ‘successful language teaching’ should be judged according to the ‘balance of the activities our students are involved in’. Since in most EFL classroom scenarios learners have …

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Promoting creative writing in the EFL classroom

How can we boost learner motivation through creative writing activities? Here are 6 tips on selecting authentic, stimulating tasks to unleash learner creativity Task authenticity     As Harmer (2001:259) points out, the term creative writing suggests ‘imaginative tasks’, such as writing poems and stories, whose ‘end result’ is to promote effective learning and maximize learner …

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