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Teaching Writing | TESL.X310

Teaching Writing | TESL.X310


This course addresses several methods for helping ESL students improve their writing in English. Course activities emphasize adapting and developing writing tasks to fit the learners' needs as well as developing effective techniques for responding to students' writing.

Using an interactive and a reflective approach, participants will explore these topics as they engage in experiential tasks and assigned readings. Besides responding to what their peers have said in class, participants will collaborate on assignments as well as complete an independent project.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, you should be able to
  • Distinguish between process and product writing
  • Create writing tasks for beginning, intermediate, and advanced ESL learners
  • Evaluate student writing
  • Integrate language skills (listening, reading, writing, speaking) into writing tasks as appropriate

Topics Include

  • Process vs. product approach to writing
  • Creating writing tasks for different purposes
  • Planning a writing lesson
  • Responding to students' writing (including content, organization, and grammar)
  • Evaluating student writing (e.g., using rubrics, checklists)

Necessary Knowledge


  • To be successful in this class all students should have working knowledge of Google Workspace or Microsoft Office, proper email etiquette, and an essential understanding of Canvas.


Additional Information

Please review section notes to view the full schedule.

This is a Hybrid Live-Online class (A mixture of live-online and online (self-paced) instruction or other online activities.)

For this class, you will need a google account. We will use google drive for writing and group projects. Google Drive can be accessed in Canvas through the Collaborations page. If you already have a gmail account, you can link your gmail to Canvas. If you do not have a gmail account, you can create a new gmail account and then link the account to Canvas.

You do NOT need to change your email with UC Santa Cruz.

To link your Google account with Canvas, follow the instructions on the Collaborations link in Canvas.
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