This site, hosted by the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, provides multiple strategies for improving student writing. The material focuses on teaching strategies that can be employed throughout the course. While enacting any of these strategies on their own may result in an incremental increase in the quality of student writing, the more that can be applied, the more potential there will be for improvement in your students' writing.
Type of Material:
The user should choose techniques they are comfortable with in order to gradually improve students' writing and continue to apply others as they become comfortable with them.
All the tips about enhancing writing skills provided on the web page can mainly be applied in ESL/EFL (English as a Second / Foreign Language) classes at college and university students.
Users will need a computer with internet access to view the site.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Users will be able to apply specific techniques in a class setting to improve the writing of their students.
There are three sections of the web page help the English language teaching staff comprehend how to handle the student writing skills. The first section targets planning strategies that the teachers/instructors can employ to improve the students' writing skills. The second section is oriented toward the non-specialized English language teachers seeking to improve the students' writing skills. The third section instructs the teachers /instructors know how to assign writing skills activities.
Target Student Population:
This reference can be used by any instructor that teaches high school and above writing or uses writing assignments in their course.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
This reference material would be most useful if the user is already teaching a course or plans to in the near future. There are no specific pre-requisites, but users should understand the purpose behind writing in their curriculum before attempting to apply these strategies to improve student writing. Teachers/instructors are to test the English proficiency level of the students before using the tips in their classes.
The material lists multiple strategies for improving student writing.
There are spaces where the content could go into greater detail about how to apply specific strategies to a classroom setting.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
There are enough strategies here that almost all users should find at least something that they can take away from this.
Although people who are familiar with teaching writing will not have any difficulty implementing these. The site indicates that many of these can be used by instructors in other disciplines. More specific instructions, even if they are linked from this resource, on how to implement these would be helpful to those instructors.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The interaction with the page is simple and easy to access.
The layout of the web page is well-designed that teachers /instructors can find the core of the information the first minute they visit it.
The site trades a significant amount of detail in order to keep the reference simple.
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