On Monday, I wrote a bit about what an in-person college writing course offers that free resources typically do not.
I also shared my opinion that these offerings seem to be overlooked quite frequently, and that including them in the syllabus is not enough.
Today, here are some routines and one-time actions that teachers can take to help students make the most of their ESL writing course.
- First class – names, ice-breakers, exchanging contact information with at least one other student
- Activity – debate
- Activity – brainstorming
- Activity – communicative group work (e.g. jigsaw or grid activities)
- Routine activity – peer review
A Teacher Who Knows You
- First class – learn names quickly
- Activity – early writing assignments where students can explain their own experience and opinions
- Routine – use grading rubrics
- Routine – be available before and after class, even though for so many of us it’s unpaid
- Routine activity – conferencing
“Free” Services From The College
- First class – emphasize that they are paying for their classes AND tutoring centers AND the library (and the gym, and so on)
- Routine – when outlines and drafts are coming due, suggest (again and again) that students visit the writing center
- Routine activity – offer bonus points for students who go to an appointment with the writing center
- Activity – invite a librarian to class, or take a field trip to the library
- Activity – initiate a chat with a college librarian during class
- Activity – evaluate internet sources