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==Benefits for the ESL classroom==  
 
==Benefits for the ESL classroom==  
  
Free writing is a useful way to get students to find topics, to recognize ideas of which they were not aware, and to nominate possible topics for future writing activities. Research on writing tasks in classroom environment has shown that certain pre-writing activities are particularly useful for students.
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Free writing is a useful way to get students to find topics, to recognize ideas of which they were not aware, and to nominate possible topics for future writing activities. Research on writing tasks in classroom environment has shown that certain pre-writing activities are particularly useful for students. Free writing can enhance students' writing expertise, make their English more proficient and help them to reflect upon their own writing style (cf. Grabe & Kanplan,1996, p.246).  
 
 
Free writing can enhance students' writing expertise, make their English more proficient and help them to reflect upon their own writing style (cf. Grabe & Kanplan,1996, p.246).  
 
 
 
 
Since free writing is not evaluated by the teacher, students can feel free to say whatever they have on their minds about a topic or idea. Free writing also helps students to overcome writer's block because they learn to simply “get on with it and not to be held back by worries about whether these words are good words or the right words” (Elbow, Writing with Power,1998, p.14).  According to Elbow, free writing by these means helps to separate the process of producing a piece of writing from the process of revising it (cf. Writing with Power, p.14). In addition, frequent free writing exercises increase students' fluency in the foreign language and helps build up new vocabulary.  
 
Since free writing is not evaluated by the teacher, students can feel free to say whatever they have on their minds about a topic or idea. Free writing also helps students to overcome writer's block because they learn to simply “get on with it and not to be held back by worries about whether these words are good words or the right words” (Elbow, Writing with Power,1998, p.14).  According to Elbow, free writing by these means helps to separate the process of producing a piece of writing from the process of revising it (cf. Writing with Power, p.14). In addition, frequent free writing exercises increase students' fluency in the foreign language and helps build up new vocabulary.  
 
 
Pieces of free writing can be very useful for teachers as well as students to find ideas for future writing activities. It is an easy way to explore unknown topics and questions without the strict regulations of form, grammar or citation.  At the same time students can not only explore topics they never thought they would find interesting, but also become aware of their individual voice in writing (cf. Grabe & Kaplan,1996, p.311).  Apart from any external constraints students are able to find out how they write or how their stream of consciousness flows.  
 
Pieces of free writing can be very useful for teachers as well as students to find ideas for future writing activities. It is an easy way to explore unknown topics and questions without the strict regulations of form, grammar or citation.  At the same time students can not only explore topics they never thought they would find interesting, but also become aware of their individual voice in writing (cf. Grabe & Kaplan,1996, p.311).  Apart from any external constraints students are able to find out how they write or how their stream of consciousness flows.  
 
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Thus, free writing is self-reflective task for ESL writers which gives them the chance to take a step away from the stress of a classroom full of many other learners with individual needs.  
Thus, free writing is self-reflective task for ESL writers which gives them the chance to take a step away from the stress of a classroom full of many other learners with individual needs.
 
  
 
==Learner's role==
 
==Learner's role==

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