How to boost your child’s writing

How to boost your child’s writing

Writing is something we all have to learn.

As babies, we speak and listen without being taught – it just comes naturally.

Reading and writing, however, are skills that we have to work on in order to improve. At AIS, the focus in the past year has been on improving writing levels among all students.

One of the most important factors in learning is having parents who are engaged and supportive, and we are fortunate at AIS to have such a great community of parents.

This article will, therefore, give you some simple tips and ideas for how to help your child improve their levels of writing in English. If you have any questions, please email mark.beales@aisvietnam.com

1) If you want to write well, you need to read well.

Research strongly suggests that the more a child reads, this will improve their writing. Reading helps us gain new vocabulary and subconsciously understand grammatical structures. Your child should aim to read for a short time each day (how long depends on their age and level). Students should read something they enjoy, and it should be a level slightly above where they are now. As a general rule, if there are more than 10 words on a page that a student doesn’t know, the book may be too hard for them.

2) Don’t let Google do all the work

Some students use Google Translate when they write. The problem with this is a) Google Translate is far from perfect and b) it doesn’t help students improve. It is far better for a student to make mistakes and learn from them than to rely on Google Translate (which nearly always also make errors).

3) Have Targets

We encourage students to reflect on the work they have done so that they can improve. Your child should be able to identify areas of their writing where they are confident, and also areas where they could improve. When students get feedback from teachers, they should look at this and reflect on it before doing any new writing. For example, if a student forgets to use paragraphs, this should be a clear target for their next piece of work.

Mark Beales – IBDP Coordinator