Eight Creative Strategies to Enhance Writing Skills

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EIGHT CREATIVE STRATEGIES TO ENHANCE WRITING SKILLS

S. Jerald Sagaya Nathan M.A., M.Phil., SET., NET., (Ph.D).,
Assistant Professor
PG & Research Department of English
St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous)
Trichirappalli - 620 002
Cell: 9629287913/ 9843287913
E-Mail: jsnathan1981@gmail.com
 Abstract
Writing skills demand training. Interest and readiness of disposition on the part of the learner and understanding and motivation the part of the language trainer are the key factors in developing the learner’s writing skills. Teaching of writing skills involves training in the mechanics of writing (spellings, grammar and handwriting) and the composition of writing. While Mechanics of writing can be taught to learners through conventional teaching methods, teaching composition can be taught by appealing to the creative abilities of the learners which rely on recognizing and rewarding the  divergent thoughts of the learners in writing. A few creative tips to accomplish effective writing skills have been dealt with in detail in this paper.  Importance of LSRW Skills

 Mother Language is never learnt, it is acquired. Acquiring language should follow natural way of learning things. Mother Language (MT/L1) is acquired by a child at different stages of life. Listening helps students to associate sounds with objects. Speaking and reading give a combine base to concept perception and syntax formulation.  At the initial stage, the child learns language by observation and imitation, but at later stages, language learning is done by comprehension and understanding. Writing Skill is a complex process both in Mother Language acquisition and in Second language learning. Second language learning demands training. Of the four skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing), Listening and Writing are to be carried over to high school and higher level of education cum training, for they demand maturity of mind which is essential for comprehension of ideas and associating them linguistically within physical and abstract realms.

Importance of Writing

 Francis Bacon in his essay “Of Studies” states: “Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.”    

Writing is a complex process. While writing, one explores his/her thoughts and ideas and makes them visible and concrete. Thus, writing not only encourages thinking but also learning. It accelerates communication too. Writing helps one to get his/her ideas clarified. In other words, in the process of writing, thought is made available for reflection. In the process of reflection, ideas are examined, reconsidered, added, rearranged, edited and changed. Beginners in the process of Writing learn language by copying and reproducing learnt materials in order to learn the conventions of spelling, punctuation, grammar and syntax. Learning of grammar and syntax will help students to start writing within a controlled framework. This, in the long run, will enable them to experiment with new forms and sentence structures. Teaching Writing: The Foundations

Writing Skills demand training. Interest and readiness of disposition on the part of the learner and understanding and motivation the part of the language trainer are the key factors in developing the learner’s writing skills. Teaching of writing skills involves training in the mechanics of writing (spellings, grammar and handwriting) and the composition of writing. While Mechanics of writing can be taught to learners through conventional teaching methods, teaching composition can be taught by appealing to the creative abilities of the learners which rely on recognizing and rewarding the divergent thoughts of the learners in writing. The most important factor in teaching writing is to get the students to be personally involved in the process of writing in order to make the learning experience a pleasant one. Pragmatic approaches are to be adopted in order to...
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