Teaching Writing Skills-It Just Got Easier

Teaching Writing Skills Just Got a Whole Lot Easier During my decade teaching in South Korean universities, I taught a whole lot of writing. Beginners, intermediate, advanced. Everything from how to write a basic sentence to 5-paragraph academic essays. For all the details about that, check out these posts: Teaching …

Teaching Writing Strategies: Fostering Student Autonomy

Fostering Student Autonomy in Writing Classes Autonomy, with regards to teaching is when students take charge of their own learning–when they are responsible for it and the teacher is more of a guide than the all-knowing one who imparts wisdom and knowledge. Teacher as Editor Model: Bad News! I believe …

Great Writing 4 by Keith Folse: A Book Review

The Great Writing Series Great writing¬†4 is an excellent book that I’ve been using this semester to teach Advanced Writing to English majors, who are mostly 3rd and 4th year university students. I was given this book to teach and didn’t choose it myself, but thankfully, it’s the best writing …

ESL Writing Grading Rubric: Somewhat Objective?

Grade Fairly with this ESL Writing Grading Rubric For English teachers, grading writing and speaking are not easy when compared to something like grammar or vocabulary because there’s no right or wrong answer. Everything falls on a continuum from terrible to excellent. The challenge for teachers is to grade in …

Plagiarism in Korean Universities: How I deal with it

Minimize Take-Home Assignments Here’s how I deal with plagiarism in Korean universities when I’m teaching advanced level writing to English major students. I only assign 2 “at-home” assignments, both worth 10% of the final grade, for a total of 20%. I give extremely specific topics for a very specific type …

Teaching Writing to ESL Beginners

Teaching Writing to ESL Beginners: A Tough Job Teaching beginners to write in English can be a very difficult job. These students often struggle to put together a sentence, so teaching them to “write” can be quite overwhelming and many teachers instead find themselves just focusing on student’s grammar mistakes. …