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Blistering Zanazilz



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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 9:05 am    Post subject: ESL Writing Lessons Reply with quote

I've just found out I will be teaching writing next term. I'll get a salary boost and I don't mind the change, but I'm fully committed this summer and won't have a whole lot of time to prepare much new material. My focus will be sentence and paragraph development, essay writing etc. I've looked for writing lessons online but most of the free stuff I've found isn't great and would require a lot of reworking on my part. I'd rather just pay a small fee for some lessons already prepared. If anyone knows of any pay (or non-pay) sites that offer decent material for download I'd appreciate it.
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which country?
Who are your students (i.e., k12, university, corporate/business)?
What writing level(s) are they at?
What are the expected class sizes?
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Blistering Zanazilz



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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nomad soul wrote:
Which country?
Who are your students (i.e., k12, university, corporate/business)?
What writing level(s) are they at?
What are the expected class sizes?

Good questions. After posting realized I forgot to add that info.

Chinese university students, writing level is about intermediate, class size between 25-35 students.
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nimadecaomei



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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blistering Zanazilz wrote:
nomad soul wrote:
Which country?
Who are your students (i.e., k12, university, corporate/business)?
What writing level(s) are they at?
What are the expected class sizes?

Good questions. After posting realized I forgot to add that info.

Chinese university students, writing level is about intermediate, class size between 25-35 students.


I teach something similar, feel free to contact me via pm. It really takes a long time to get the notion of having a clear thesis and topic sentences that connect to it. After that focus on body paragraphs linking to the thesis and being supported. That really does take most of the semester in my experience.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One key concept (true in the broader picture, not focused specifically on China) is that a Chinese-language (or Russian, or Italian, or Spanish) paper in English is not an English paper. As nimade points out, the expected structure and content of the work is different.

(Practical implication: you can't produce a paper in English using Google translate;-))

I have found the work of Kaplan to be helpful for students to review on this - it's short, illustrated, and still relevant. Cal Learning's website has a pretty good 1-pager on this, if you search for Kaplan, culture and language.
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Knedliki



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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I taught writing in a Chinese university as well. I got a lot of good material from this book. Lots of really well structured lesson plans in it.

https://www.amazon.com/RBT-Writing-Resource-Books-Teachers/dp/0194421902/ref=sr_1_32?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1526985837&sr=1-32&keywords=oxford+writing
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Blistering Zanazilz



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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Knedliki wrote:
I taught writing in a Chinese university as well. I got a lot of good material from this book. Lots of really well structured lesson plans in it.

https://www.amazon.com/RBT-Writing-Resource-Books-Teachers/dp/0194421902/ref=sr_1_32?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1526985837&sr=1-32&keywords=oxford+writing

Thanks. I've just ordered this book. And thanks for the other replies as well.
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dragonpiwo



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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 4:08 am    Post subject: erm Reply with quote

Find out what kind of writing they need to do.

Writing sentences and paragraphs is just part of the story. Any IELTS writing books would be good.
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wildgrace



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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 5:37 am    Post subject: Mastering the 5 paragraph essay Reply with quote

This book might be helpful - https://www.amazon.com/Mastering-5-paragraph-Essay-Practices-Action/dp/043963525X
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree that 5-paragraph essays are a useful place to start, but just be sure that they know that 5-paragraph essays are not the sum total of academic paper types in English! I and my colleagues find that Chinese students coming to study in universities outside of China rely far too much on this one simple strategy for writing university level papers, and this approach leads to failure far too often.
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