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Quick Write 083111 “Lower your anxiety wall”

It was the first day of the second semester at the foreign language institute where I teach once a week. The syllabus for the second semester that I distributed to the students includes the assignment of weekly recitation task and weekly submission of a Quick Write product to QWF. The objective of in-class Quick Write activity is, as repeatedly presented on the forum, to increase writing fluency which enables learners to write nonstop while putting their thoughts into English without reservation or hesitation. I’ve add the submission of their revised version of Quick Write piece to the forum after writing a draft for 10 minutes in class. It shouldn’t be an easy task to do to revise the piece and post it to the forum regularly, but I’m sure they’ll benefit from this practice.

First, it’s very effective to proofread your own piece and revise it. You can learn a great deal from yourself and your writing. You might want to look up words in the dictionary, search appropriate usages by Googling, and reread your piece many times for perfection. While scrutinizing your own pieces, you’ll learn a great deal of grammar and vocabulary which you’ll never be able to obtain from teacher’s feedback alone. You’ll learn a great deal from your own mistakes which will make you become closer to an independent, autonomous learner.

Additionally, it’s simply “fun” to post something online in English. To read your English piece online gives you huge satisfaction and sense of attainment. At the same time, some people could suffer from anxiety that their pieces might contain silly errors, or other learners would judge their pieces as low quality or laugh at their writing. I understand their sentiment to some extent, but I would like such people to consider “Which is more important, how other people would think of you and your writing as, or whether your writing skill would be improved?” The more you write and post your piece online, the less anxious you’ll feel toward your piece, I guarantee. It doesn’t mean that you can let errors untouched or you don’t have to revise your piece. If the anxiety is the only thing that prevents you from do more writing practice, you can just forget about others (What will they do for you to begin with? Almost nothing! ) and focus on your own improvement and progress. After all, it’s just “practice”, right? No one expects you to write like Hemingway or Haruki Murakami. Relax, and enjoy writing. Enjoy your practice.   

(30 minutes / 420 words)

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