Really interested in this offering from JR last week so had a go this week with my E1s. Their writing skills are generally quite a way behind their speaking and the first unit seemed ideal for their level so I got them to do the initial piece of writing and then inputted it into the template very generously shared by Jason.
This is what I ended up with:
So how did it go? Well it's certainly given me a lot of food for thought and again brought home to me just how complacent and frankly lazy I've been over the last few years especially with error correction. Also, the intrinsic difficulties of teaching classes of learners some of whom have study skills whilst others don't.
This class is made up of mostly Asian learners and also some Polish learners. Interestingly the Polish learners immediately noticed the difference between the passages and very easily corrected not only their own punctuation but also their grammar using the model to help them. (I didn't ask them to do that) However, the Pakistani learners found the incorrect passage easier to read despite the errors mainly because it was about a more familiar person. They didn't really notice the errors!!
However, after some more explicit explanation they did begin to get the hang of it and what was really encouraging was some of them began to notice that they were using capital letters throughout their work for words like Live, Favourite, Mother etc... and were self correcting.
The part that made me hang my head in shame was just how easy and natural it was for me to simply tell them their errors. Especially at the end, after the follow up writing and dictation, as I was running out of time. So, despite having just witnessed some 'aha' moments for some of them when they were self correcting, I just pointed out their fresh mistakes and wrapped up the lesson.
However, if they really can begin to self correct and notice their own mistakes that's a priceless study skill that would have been really worth teaching them. And by they I actually mean if I can persevere with this whole noticing approach rather than falling back on old habits. Since it was clear from this class that they definitely can self correct it just takes more initial effort from me!
I will definitely try the second unit after the half term holiday although I might not do it all in one chunk as I did today as it's quite intensive. However, definitely well worth it both for them and me :-)