One of the most vital skills in this century that every aspiring college student must master is the writing skill. Globally, schools are working hard to find means and measures to help their students develop their command of the written word.
What can we do to help our students meet the challenge?
At Eagles, we believe that language education has to be linked to the digital world. Writing blogs for all year levels are set up with the primary goal of cultivating a passion for meaningful writing. Meaningful, because knowing that their written work will be read and commented by a wider readership helps motivate them to write well. The concept of drafting and redrafting before publishing their work is now no longer tedious as communication is more instantaneous now than ever.
The impact of writing blogs has been measurable so far. My students have written about everything under the sun from horror stories to personal experiences to persuasive pieces to reviews of books that they’ve read and loved. Now that they are able to do this, the thought of putting pen to paper in assessments does not seem so daunting anymore.
Nothing encourages growth in students’ writing ability more than the reassurance that we can give them that their voice matters. What better way to provide this assurance than to give them a platform where they can see and evaluate the writings of their peers and to encourage one another when commenting on each other’s piece?