We know that our students need to be able to write well to be successful in their academic classes. To this end, we spend a lot of time teaching how to write paragraphs and essays. However, if we focus on just paragraphs or essays, we miss the most important component of both: sentences.
A paragraph or an essay that has multiple sentences with errors is not a good piece of writing. In today’s talk, we will focus on how teachers can help students practice good grammar and good vocabulary in their writing of sentences. We will look at five activities that help students learn to write better sentences and thereby improve their overall writing.
Dr. Keith Folse is Professor of TESOL at the University of Central Florida, where he has taught in the undergraduate TEFL program, the master’s in TESOL program, and the PhD in TESOL program. He has taught English in the U.S., Japan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. His research has appeared in TESOL Quarterly, MexTESOL Journal, TESL Reporter, Language Teacher (JALT), Perspectives (TESOL Arabia), among others. His main research interests are best research-based teaching practices in teaching grammar and vocabulary in writing. He has conducted teacher training all over the world and is the author of 74 textbooks, including the six books in the new 5th edition of the Great Writing series as well as the three books in the Grammar for Great Writing series (National Geographic Learning).