Writing texts clearly and comprehensively is a difficult task because you have to bring into play a series of different processes and different skills. The days of communication via Messenger or ‘whatsapp’ are numbered according the new apps that are appearing (voice whatsapp , apps for converting voice to text, on line ‘intelligent’ translators, , ... ) .
So what should we do to motivate our students to write?
The following PowerPoint is from a session of Ceri Jones at the British Council in Barcelona that I found simply extraordinary, not only for the simple idea of "micro- writing", but also for the high motivation that arouses in children this way of "playing" with language .
It is about exploring how a range of micro writing tasks can activate language, encourage communication and aid class cohesion. Micro-writing comes from the Write to Learn tradition, which is also popular in L1 content teaching.
I’m sure I will use some of the proposed activities and strategies with my students this year. I will tell you more in next posts.
Here are a few links to articles and blog posts exploring and explaining the Write to Learn approach.
- A full definition of Writing to Learn wac.colostate.edu/intro/pop4a.cfm
- More about Writing to Learn www.edutopia.org/ "I don't know what I think until I write it down." (Norman Maler)
- Writing to Learn activities from Tesol blog.tesol.org/writing-to-learn-activities/
You can also find some other posts about ‘prompting to write’ in this blog: