Anyone who has heard me speaking about Skills or read any of my lesson plans on Writing will be fully aware of the fact that I am a big advocator of doing writing in class and not at home.
I often get asked why I think this, especially since setting writing to do at home is:
- Logical – it seems the most obvious way not to waste precious class time
- Common – just about every course, teacher and school sets writing tasks as homework
While the logic behind this approach seems sound, it overlooks a very salient feature of writing – namely that is a skill. You would not expect your learners to develop their other skills solely at home, so why would you do expect this with writing?
In this talk, I explain my take on writing and I also try to explain why writing has ended up being the dreaded homework task that it has become.
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