How to Teach Writing Class (in course)

The ideal size of english class is around 10 – 15 persons. More than those numbers, it’s pretty difficult to make sure that each person understand the materials well. teaching

First impression is important, eventhough it doesn’t show everything

First day is introduction time and it’s a big chance for the teacher to make a good impression. On the first day, the teacher must :

  1. be ready in the class before the students come and welcome the students.
  2. introduce him/herself ; share a bit of ur thought about english & ur experience in learning english.
  3. ask students to introduce themselves ; give them a little comment or story so that they feel appreciated & understood. *semoga ga lebay dh gw*
  4. ask them one by one why they choose writing class
  5. ask them what they expect to get from this class ; e.g A wants to be able to write an essay well, B wants to be able to write a thesis, C wants to have a better understanding in arranging paragraph.
  6. what problems they usually encounter when writing in english; e.g lack of vocabulary, difficulty in developing the topic, used to write in indonesia, nervous. don’t forget to give a conclusion/review after each question, then keep those review in mind (or u can note them)
  7. Few minutes before the class is dismissed, ask them to write their opinions or experiences in learning english.
  8. While they write, teacher must stay in the class and take the time to recognize & memorize names and few descriptions of the students. Teacher is allowed to have a little chit chat.

Other things to be  concern :
~ Don’t forget to read those passages that students wrote. Still, don’t forget to take some notes to conclude & review. Make a few comments in each of their writing so that they feel their works are not in vain.

~ Oia! English teacher in courses MUST use english. Do not speak Indonesian (few words are fine, -remember, ‘words’ not ‘sentences’). Believe me it is silly and sinful to do that in english course class. Teaching course is obviously different from teaching highschool and so on.

~ Put urself among the students. Have the students sit in a circle, the teacher is in the center. Do NOT sit too much. Teacher’s gestures must be flexible.

~ Always open up urself to questions.

—– based on experience. Next, the second-day-teaching tips will come soon!


4 respons untuk ‘How to Teach Writing Class (in course)

  1. ini sumbernya dari mana nar?
    menurut kaw kelas writing kita, berdasar yang kaw tulis ini, gimana kualitasnya?


    based on experience, tuh awa tulis.. pengalaman mngamati guru-guru yg mngajar bahasa inggris, hasil diskusi ma mimiku, dsb.

    Kelas writing kita definitely not an ideal class! Klo ada kotak saran, aku mw bgt ngisi deh, demi nama baek tuh institusi. Duuw, kesel sndiri liatnya.

    Well, if one day I have a chance to teach, I will do exactly like what I wrote. Hohoo. (aaamin)

  2. Ah setuju…

    Aku juga ada saran nih. Napa prodi kita ga mengadakan kelas bahasa inggris KHUSUS untuk membaca buku teks? 😀 Bisa gak ya? Sering keteteran nih kalo baca buku teks yang lama-lama…. Entah bahasanya yg emang susah ato otak kami yang ga bisa menyamai… huhuhu.. TT_TT


    hahahahahaaaaa,, I guess I know how u feel.
    Emang ga mudah sama sekali.
    Baca buku teks bhasa inggris butuh ketekunan dan pemikiran kritis. ‘Cuma’ masalah kebiasaan menurutku.

    Kelas bhs inggris utk mbca buku teks? Hhm, ga kebayang.
    Tips and trick aja kali ya, ntar aku tulis deh,
    keep reading my blog then 😀

  3. Berawal dari browsing materi buat satu LKMM, eh ternyata nyasar di sini..
    Hihihi.. Baru tau kalo blognya Danar ternyata..

    Thx ya infonya 🙂


    hahaha, hei sar!
    wuueh, suwe rek ga ketemu.
    yo’i, sama-sama, semoga berguna (^_^)

  4. Teaching writing has more complexity than teaching other skills of language. The tips you wrote are really helpful. Good luck!


    correct! I definitely agree.
    espescially english writing since english is not even our second language, but pure foreign language. English people themselves still find difficulties in writing in the right way. Just like how we bump into difficulties when writing essays, paper, or final project in bahasa.
    Hahaha. We must keep learning and practicing then.

    u’re welcome. Glad to help.


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