I strongly feel that a student’s life is incomplete without writing, be it writing tests or classroom essays. Writing is something that can’t be and shouldn’t be avoided regardless of which standard the student studies in.
More often than not, we as teachers have a concern over improving English language skills in our learners. It becomes quite a task for us since English is not the first language in India.
Written expression requires many skills. Writing skills operate at three levels: word, sentence, and paragraph/whole text. By pinpointing the trouble spots, we, at Seth Anandram Jaipuria School try to give our students the right help to improve writing.
Here are 7 basic points needed to help our young writers:
1. Read something everyday
Reading is as important as writing in itself, rather we believe it is the prime factor that helps to improve writing. So, we start our day with reading one piece from newspaper everyday depending on the student’s interest to improve their vocabulary.
2. Practice your writing abilities
Writing is an art of its kind and no art comes without practice. To master the art of writing and to improve on what and how to write, our students write small pieces once a week to evaluate what they have learnt.
3. Master your spellings
Wrong spellings make for bad writing no matter how strong the context or understanding is. Young Jaipurians are encouraged to use a dictionary and learn how to spell each and every word that they feel comes difficult to them. It not only rectifies their spelling but also enhances their vocabulary.
4. Work on your weak points
Many a times, our students encounter certain topics for writing that are not necessarily what they are best at or comfortable with. To avoid such encounters, they make note of their weak points and focus on working out of it. They are encouraged to read more if they feel domain knowledge is the issue, practice more writing if they feel translating a set of their thoughts on paper is the issue.
5. Read what you write
Checking back on what you write is a must. Once they’ve done with their writing, they are instructed to take some time out for revisiting. It gives them a fair idea of how their piece of writing sounds and if it needs nourishing along with any spelling errors to be rectified.
Secondly, it helps them understand the key areas where they need to put in extra effort and how best to enhance their write up.
6. Highlight the important points
Teachers persuade students to underline or highlight the main points of what they write. This habit not only benefits to showcase what’s important, it also interests the reader better. Highlighting makes it easier for the reader to have a quick glance for the understanding of the context, giving their write-up great brownie points.
7. Be concise and crisp with your writing
Lengthy scheme of writing with repetitive thoughts has gone past ages and this new age needs concise information. We don’t deny the existence and importance of articles that require more words than usual to put out what’s needed but what we must keep in mind not to tweak or repeat similar points over and over again. Be as concise as possible to find yourself on the correct path of excellent writing.
Now that we’ve got the basics clear, let’s practice our way into better writing abilities. Happy writing!