Teaching writing in the 21st century: An overview of theories and practices

Melor Md Yunus, Vanitha Thambirajah, Nur Ehsan Mohd Said, Charanjit Kaur Swaran Singh

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Rote memorisation and dependent teaching approaches are still common among ESL teachers teaching writing. The lack of practicability of creative approaches to violate the 'spoon-feeding' trend among students needs attention. This paper aims to provide an overview of theories and how these theories govern the ESL practices to teach writing creatively, using integrated strategies for weak ESL students, in order to enhance their essay writing skills. Teaching of writing creatively refers to three of the 21st Century teaching and learning skills. The three elements which are essential in the 21stCentury are: creativity (C1), collaboration (C2) and communication (C3). Therefore, this paper suggests that the teachers be exposed to the 21st century teaching skills and theories needed to teach writing. It is vital to prepare the nation's workforce for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and high performance to set a benchmark among other countries by international standard, thus, avoid unemployment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-74
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change
Volume7
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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Keywords

  • 21st century
  • Creativity
  • ESL
  • Teaching and learning
  • Teaching strategies
  • Writing skill

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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Teaching writing in the 21st century : An overview of theories and practices. / Yunus, Melor Md; Thambirajah, Vanitha; Mohd Said, Nur Ehsan; Singh, Charanjit Kaur Swaran.

In: International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change, Vol. 7, No. 12, 01.01.2019, p. 54-74.

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Yunus, Melor Md ; Thambirajah, Vanitha ; Mohd Said, Nur Ehsan ; Singh, Charanjit Kaur Swaran. / Teaching writing in the 21st century : An overview of theories and practices. In: International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change. 2019 ; Vol. 7, No. 12. pp. 54-74.
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