How to Teach Essay Writing for ESL Classes

Teacher teaches students how to use cohesive devices to link and relate ideas in an expository essay genre.

The 2nd lesson plan is on the teaching of vocabulary at the revising stage of the writing process.

Approaches to Teaching Writing ..

Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind in writing essay exams is that you have a limited amount of time and space in which to get across the knowledge you have acquired and your ability to use it. Essay exams are not the place to be subtle or vague. It’s okay to have an obvious structure, even the five-paragraph essay format you may have been taught in high school. Introduce your main idea, have several paragraphs of support—each with a single point defended by specific examples, and conclude with a restatement of your main point and its significance.

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The North Carolina Writing Assessment began in the 1990s by scoring student writing on four criteria: main idea, support and elaboration, organization, and coherence. With the 1999 revision to the English Language Arts Standard Course of Study, the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction reevaluated this assessment. With input from educators, DPI adopted a new rubric that matches the new curriculum, meets concerns of community and business leaders, and incorporates contemporary approaches to teaching and evaluating writing. Several other states use similar models in teaching and assessing student writing.