Writing: Our Way of Teaching
We have designed our own very simple and easy-to-follow strategies for scoring high in each of the four modules of IELTS. Our students very easily score 8+ bands.
The candidates are given a diagram, a table, a line graph, a bar chart, a map, a flow chart or a picture. They have to present the information in their own words. They should spend about 20 minutes on task I and write not less than 150 words.
How it is taught in our classroom
We teach this task very elaborately, dwelling on each minor aspect, to be covered in each of the four paragraphs, to be written in all. Once a complete framework is fixed in the minds of the students, they can write perfectly on any figure given.
Then 35 different graphs are discussed thoroughly and written in the classroom. These cover all the varieties, generally asked in the writing module.
The candidates are given an essay, to be written in at least 250 words, They can spend 40 minutes on this task.
We have made this task very easy, breaking it up into 5 paragraphs and teaching step by step how to write each paragraph.
We also make the types and sub-types of an essay very clear to the students. There are basically two kinds of essays.
- Descriptive Essay - Type 1 and 2.
- Argumentative Essay - Type 1 and 2.
We also give them an exact division of 40 minutes. Once they understand which type of essay is to be written and they follow the exact demarcation of time, they are able to attempt this task accurately with the right flow and precision.
No wonder, most of our students, inspite of having a meager background of English, are able to score above 8+ bands in the writing module.
We hold extensive discussions, eliciting everyone's participation on 75 different essays, followed by the writing of each essay by the students. This not only gives them an extensive exposure to divergent subjects but also gives them an opportunity to revise the method of writing each topic.
We complete 10 essays in a week and every Monday, the essay test is conducted. We check every word of what the students write, analyzing and discussing their mistakes.
Letters are categorized in the following groups
- Letter to the editor of a newspaper
- Applying for jobs
- Miscellaneous letters
We teach each of these five types of letters in a systematic and organized manner. We have divided this task into four paragraphs, We teach how to write each paragraph in a formal language and style. Then we discuss and write 25 different letters.
This enables our students to handle any type of letter with ease and confidence.