Motivating children to write in English

Mark Ormerod suggests ways in which we can make a writing task more meaningful, giving your pupils a real purpose to write. By creating Riddle books and putting them on display, your pupils will challenge their readers to guess who or what is on the last page!

Writing with a sense of purpose

In the world outside the EFL classroom we rarely write a text without a good reason. We write shopping lists to remind us of what to buy; we write Christmas cards to wish people a merry Christmas; we write recipes to give advice in the kitchen; we write jokes to make people laugh; we write letters and e-mails to inform and/or affect our family and friends. Whatever we write, our texts always have a purpose. Without doubt, it is the purpose of a text that motivates us to write it.

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