IT’S NOT THAT SIMPLE! STRATEGIES TO BUILD ACADEMIC WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM SYLVIA VAGO, ESL TEACHER  ENDEAVOUR SPORT...
<ul><li>What teaching and learning strategies best support ESL/LBOTE students in writing paragraphs using academic languag...
<ul><li>ESL students have difficulty constructing sentences and paragraphs. (BICS  CALP) </li></ul><ul><li>Students have d...
<ul><ul><ul><ul><li>WHAT ARE THE DEMANDS? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Syllabus requirements: Rich  tasks/assessment t...
How to achieve it <ul><li>Backward map from assessment task to identify and plan language activities and strategies with K...
How to achieve it <ul><li>Critical thinking skills: sequencing/ questioning/discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Scaffolds and mod...
What works <ul><li>Authentic texts: relevance to KLA </li></ul><ul><li>Model and guided reading/writing of sentence struct...
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Strategies to build academic writing

  1. 1. IT’S NOT THAT SIMPLE! STRATEGIES TO BUILD ACADEMIC WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM SYLVIA VAGO, ESL TEACHER ENDEAVOUR SPORTS HIGH SCHOOL ESLIN WORKSHOP November 2011
  2. 2. <ul><li>What teaching and learning strategies best support ESL/LBOTE students in writing paragraphs using academic language? </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>ESL students have difficulty constructing sentences and paragraphs. (BICS CALP) </li></ul><ul><li>Students have difficulty in integrating concepts and vocabulary in writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Grammar taught should emphasise form and meaning in context of usage. </li></ul>What are the issues?
  4. 4. <ul><ul><ul><ul><li>WHAT ARE THE DEMANDS? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Syllabus requirements: Rich tasks/assessment tasks ~ Content-driven learning </li></ul><ul><li>Language requirements: –explanation, comparison, deconstructing visual texts, </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding cause and effect, graphs </li></ul><ul><li>writing paragraphs in different text types </li></ul>
  5. 5. How to achieve it <ul><li>Backward map from assessment task to identify and plan language activities and strategies with KLA teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>Explicit teaching – Sentence structure, grammar and punctuation. </li></ul><ul><li>Front-load information for better understanding </li></ul>
  6. 6. How to achieve it <ul><li>Critical thinking skills: sequencing/ questioning/discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Scaffolds and models - message abundancy: concept and semantic maps and posters </li></ul><ul><li>Reading-recasting–rewriting language </li></ul>
  7. 7. What works <ul><li>Authentic texts: relevance to KLA </li></ul><ul><li>Model and guided reading/writing of sentence structures (imperfect to perfect) </li></ul><ul><li>Teach grammar and sentence structure of text types: PPP (present-practice-produce) </li></ul><ul><li>Scaffold the metalanguage: dictogloss, mix and match, jigsaw and cloze activities </li></ul>
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