Writing for Scientists Workshop Notes

There are so many courses available on ‘creative writing’ and ‘academic writing in English.’ But can we teach ‘creative writing’ or ‘academic writing’ as we teach the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing? Here is a nice blog in which the blogger says, “the whole process of working with formal written language is one of fine-tuning as opposed to actually teaching” Don’t you think so? We should try to facilitate the writing experience of the learner who is interested in exploring the world of creative writing or the genre called academic writing in English.

Thinking Change

Below are some extracts from my talk for TESOL France/CUP last Saturday, as my slides were really minimal I thought this would be more useful. Still in bed recovering from the bronchitis so apologies for lack of proof-reading, proper conclusion etc.. A big thank you to Bethany Cagnol and Terry Elliot and all those of you who attended and gave me support.

In my experience the whole process of working with formal written language is one of fine-tuning as opposed to actually teaching.I don’t really believe that one can teach writing skills in the same manner as one can deductively teach a grammar point.

Writing is such a unique expression of the self and while we can make people aware of register, range of lexical terms, the use and effects of stylistic devices, rhetorical devices and conventions of the given field, it is unsustainable to actually make someone write a…

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