For many of our Cambridge Advanced Exam preparation students the writing tasks are the biggest challenge.
I spoke to teacher Kirsten about how our team tackle this challenge. “We feel that the answer is in personalised feedback on each writing task given throughout the course.
There are five writing genres to cover and each week of the course we teach one in detail. Our students are then given a set task to complete and hand in. This is marked and the errors highlighted rather than corrected.
During the Guided Individualised Learning period we sit down with the student for one on one intensive feedback. Each error is discussed with the student working on correcting their mistakes with guidance. Students are taught to identify the areas that they are particularly weak in. For example, if they know that they make mistakes with the present perfect tense, they will need to spend time at the end of their writing task checking for that particular error.
We find that this approach significantly improves the writing marks as the students learn to identify and correct their individual mistakes.”