What are the Uses of Writing Skill in Language Learning?

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Writing skill is one of the four basic required skills in learning a language, the other three being reading, listening and speaking. Writing is an integral and necessary skill when learning a language because communication is not done only orally. Writing also results in increased practice using the language. In fact, writing has amazing potential to help maximise language learning and significantly increase the rate at which one learns.

The uses of writing skill in language learning are elaborated in the following points:

One. Writing is a manner for a learner to practice his or her language skills in a way that promotes noticing. While a learner writes her texts, she is compelled to notice certain grammar and vocabulary structures and reflect on why those are used and not others.

Two. When we write, we cannot write without speaking out the words first in our head. In this way, writing is also a way to practice speaking. And, because we get to write at our own pace with no audience, we can give our mind a tremendous amount of repetition with the grammar, words and expressions of the language. This significantly helps in language learning.

Three. Following the above mentioned point, writing allows us to use all of the words and grammar forms that we are currently learning and to master those we have already learned. Writing enables us to make a word stuck in our mind in the long run and increase the rate at which we incorporate new words into our usable vocabulary.

Four. Writing also makes us have a firm grasp on both the spelling and manuscript of the language which is important for us in language learning.

Five. Writing about our days in a journal or diary connects the words and grammars we are learning to the context of our lives. This context and emotional connection creates richer meaning and allows for greater retention of the material. We remember things better when we put them in a context that is familiar to our lives and that we are interested in.

Six. Looking back through these written materials regularly allows us to reconnect with all of the grammar points and words we learned previously. These written materials are great to have as a form of self assessment.

Writing is an important skill in any language and a very much necessary in language learning. Writing can help one learn a language quite effectively. It is a maximiser and will enhance all that one is doing to learn a language.

The Five Most Basic Strategies To Improve Writing Skill

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The ability to write well is one of the most important skills of life. A letter can heal a broken heart- that is one most of us are familiar with- and a book can inspire a revolution- that has been historically proven.

While some people are naturally good writers or what can be luxuriously called as gifted writers, those who are not lucky enough to be like them can still improve their writing skill. If you need an assurance in this regard, this is what Einstein had to say: “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” Sweat it out and you will get into shape.

If you are willing to improve your writing skill, you may certainly want to read it further.

Anyone, irrespective of how good or bad writers they are, whether a school student or an adult, can always improve their writing skill. The most basic thing you should start with to improve your writing skill should be the following:

ONE. Reading

The first step toward developing writing skills is to read. It makes one explore the examples of good writing. Reading good writers will expose one to correct grammar and spelling, as well as a larger vocabulary.

Most of us know Barack Obama- one of the most influential leaders of this century. He speaks well. He writes even better. It should not be a surprise that he is one of the most avid readers of a wide range of writings on almost all genres. He has read hundreds of books some of which are my favourites.

TWO. Get familiar with various writing styles

Becoming familiar with the different styles will lead one become a more nuanced and sophisticated writer. One should know the difference between academic writing and fiction, the different types of poetry and how do they differ from prose etc. All these will help one to improve writing skill.

Exploration is an exciting journey where you may surprise yourself. Explore the literary world of various genres and understand it better. To find the most precious, you have to dig deeper. It may also become a journey to know who you are.

THREE. Write everyday

Practice makes perfect. Writing everyday makes one improve writing skill enormously.

Considered to be the best martial artist the world has ever known and feared for his speed and power, Bruce Lee once said that: “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

FOUR. Read your writing out loud to yourselves.

Writing that is good on paper should also sound good to the reader’s ear, as though they were a listening audience. When you read your writing out loud, you may notice if it’s choppy, incomplete, or repetitive– things you may not always notice when you’re busy typing or writing away.

FIVE. Work with a writing tutor.

Well, it is sometimes necessary to be trained for what you wish to accomplish. Remember that the best fighters always have the best trainers. You may not hear their names frequently, but hey, they are very much there. They are the force that creates the best fighters. A writing coach or tutor is key to developing writing skills, as he or she will have professional experience and can offer constructive criticism.


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