Generally speaking, you want to encourage students to draw from a wide range of vocabulary words rather than repeat the same words over and over.
Naturally, if you’ve taught them any specific vocabulary words for a particular writing assignment or textbook unit, ask them to include that vocabulary in their writing prompt.
Stress to your ESL students the importance of structure, so that they’re able to focus on the topic mentioned at the start of their composition.
Now that you know what to look for in a good writing sample, here are some ideas to help your students get started.
But you should expect them to have a strong grasp of the grammar structures you’ve taught them.
Too much red ink will discourage any writer, so don’t be overly critical with the feedback.
Ever find yourself staring at a blank page for extended periods of time? But for many ESL students, the dreaded blank page isn’t just intimidating—it’s immobilizing.
After all, they’re working in a second language that might not even share the same writing system as their own.
Today, we’re going to look at different writing prompts and how you can use them to give students a boost in the right direction.
But before you start handing out writing assignments, first make sure your students understand the fundamentals of writing. Every student writes differently based on a number of factors, including personality, writing style, their first language and how comfortable they are with expressing themselves in writing.