Wednesday 18 May 2022
Do good readers make good writers?
Research shows that reading plays a key role in students’ literacy development. Students who read a great deal become better and more confident readers. Their vocabulary and grammar become more sophisticated and their overall language abilities also improve. However, the effect of reading on students’ writing is less clear. Students who are good readers continue to find writing challenging. Their written essays continue to fall below expectations. In my presentation, I will first discuss the nature of the relationship between reading and writing and then explore how this relationship can be strengthened. I will then offer practical tips on how teachers can help students benefit from focused reading, i.e., the kind of reading that enables students to notice typical language features and discourse rules found in standard texts so that they later can make use of these in their own writing. When students do this regularly, there is a good chance that they might become more discerning readers and accomplished writers.
Dr Willy A Renandya is a language teacher educator with extensive teaching experience in Asia. He currently teaches applied linguistics courses at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has given more than 100 plenary presentations at ELT international conferences and published extensively in the area of second language education. His publications include Language Teaching Methodology: An anthology of current practice (2002, Cambridge University Press), Student-centred cooperative learning (2019, Springer International), and a recently published book chapter Growing Our Research Impact (2020, Springer International). He maintains a large language teacher professional development forum called Teacher Voices: www.facebook.com/groups/teachervoices