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Embracing Writing

Embracing Writing /     

By: Teacher Alfecca J. Obnimaga /     

Not many students realize the importance of Writing. They are busy improving their vocabulary, grammar, listening and speaking skills but sadly, they have neglected one important area for studying English. Yes, that one sad, lonely, neglected area isWriting or English Composition. Writing and Speaking are the two output skills of English. Vocabulary, Grammar and Listening are the input skills. In order to find out ifthe student has already significantly improved his English, the teacher can either use a Speaking or Writing activity for evaluation. Well, I do understand the hesitation of most students to take up writing classes and render time for essay compositions. For one, Writing classes are deemed to be boring and tedious when it comes to Grammar. For another, it is seen as a passive way of learning English whereas Speaking classes are thought to be the exact opposite. Be that as it may, a student who truly wishes to improve his ability to communicate in English needs to be able to write grammatically and structurally correct sentences. What most of my students realize in my Writing class is that Writing is actually fun, logical and thought-provoking. Albeit nit-picky at times, learning the different kinds of sentence structures will ultimately enable them to make coherent sentences in the long run. Students find out that learning all kinds of clauses, phrases and sentence structures can actually help them make sentences easily. Suddenly, they find out that grammar rules become not only easier to understand butthey begin to sound logical as well. It is my hope that English learners will eventually come to realize the full potential of Writing when it comes to the betterment of their English. I realize of course that I may not be able to convince that many students to have a change of heart towards Writing, but for those of you who have come to love it, you are absolutely on the right track!

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