As teachers, we need to make sure that all of our writing is clear and accurate. We need to proof-read everything we write and be strict about self-editing. As good writers, we need to use lexical variation and avoid repetition.
These are some of the types of writing that teachers do:
Writing on the board
- Adapting coursebook exercises - making examples more relevant to your students, for example.
- Writing your own reading texts.
- Adapting authentic texts.
- Get an idea first.
- Pilot it with your students.
- Think it through and read around the topic.
- Write it down as if you were explaining to a colleague (clear and informal).
- Read it out loud to yourself and others.
- Change any muddled parts and make them better.
- Spell check, grammar check, and note the word count.
- Look around at local, regional, national and international periodicals for language teachers - look at websites for teachers, too.
- Read their guidelines as to readership, length, style, format, etc.
- Edit your piece to make it fit the periodical you've chosen.
- Send it in with a pleasant cover note.
- Expect your idea to be edited!
- Idea first
- Then write
- Then think about publishing