Editing Free writing

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Several variations are possible and  post-writing ideas are diverse. A more directed form of free writing occurs when a teacher suggests a general idea and students write on anything relevant to that general idea (cf. Grabe & Kaplan,1996, p.310).
 
Several variations are possible and  post-writing ideas are diverse. A more directed form of free writing occurs when a teacher suggests a general idea and students write on anything relevant to that general idea (cf. Grabe & Kaplan,1996, p.310).
 
 
In free writing, some students do report negative experiences, mostly complaining that they do not know what to write. In these situations, a stimulus or prompt can be very helpful to start writing. However, these prompts are not topics; they do not set limits to what can be written about. They are merely places to start writing. Possible prompts could be citations, music, pictures, proverbs or video sequences.  All of these are just means to inspire the students, which make it easier for them to find a threat of thought  (cf. Dickson, 2001,p.2). The most controlled type of free writing occurs in response to a specific question raised by the teacher.  
 
In free writing, some students do report negative experiences, mostly complaining that they do not know what to write. In these situations, a stimulus or prompt can be very helpful to start writing. However, these prompts are not topics; they do not set limits to what can be written about. They are merely places to start writing. Possible prompts could be citations, music, pictures, proverbs or video sequences.  All of these are just means to inspire the students, which make it easier for them to find a threat of thought  (cf. Dickson, 2001,p.2). The most controlled type of free writing occurs in response to a specific question raised by the teacher.  
 
 
Since ESL classrooms often don't assign as much time as needed for regular free writing, students should be encouraged to write at home. A possible variation of free writing for students outside the classroom may be to keep a dialogue journal or a [[learning log]].
 
Since ESL classrooms often don't assign as much time as needed for regular free writing, students should be encouraged to write at home. A possible variation of free writing for students outside the classroom may be to keep a dialogue journal or a [[learning log]].
  

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