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Writing - Speed Writing

Writing - Speed Writing

Speed writing has three key features.

1. Students focus on content rather than on language.

2. Students do not worry about making mistakes or using complicated grammar.

3. Students don't stop writing until the time is up.

This can be used as a preparation activity for a normal-writing task or a speaking task or it can be used as a regular activity. It can be motivating for students to monitor and record the number of words they can write during a session and this can improve their attitude towards writing in general.

Procedure

1. Tell learners to turn to the speed writing section of their notebooks and to have a pen ready on the desk.

2. Stick a picture on the board, or play a piece of music.

3. Give learners 2 minutes to look at the picture/listen to the piece of music.

4. They must now take their pens and notebooks to start writing.

5. Tell them not to worry about accuracy at all.

6. They have a 2-minute limit to write as much as possible. 

7. They must put their pens down when you tell them.

8. Count and record the number of words written.

You can repeat this activity on a regular basis. 

Optional: they can now decide how to organise what they have written, correct, rewrite or delete sections. What they have written can also be the first stage of the writing process (generating ideas).

 

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kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
30/05/2016
GH
4768
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Speed writing is mostly characterised by errors because of the will complete on time


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
30/05/2016 08:54
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

Speed writing is mostly characterised by errors because of the will complete on time

almirpereira's picture
almirpereira
20/10/2015
BR
1326
points

make it better.


almirpereira's picture
almirpereira
20/10/2015 02:48
Brazil
Chelsea
1326

make it better.

almirpereira's picture
almirpereira
18/10/2015
BR
1326
points

Excelent.
Yes, I DO
I can to use different.


almirpereira's picture
almirpereira
18/10/2015 00:04
Brazil
Chelsea
1326

Excelent.
Yes, I DO
I can to use different.

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To help students focus on content more than form