A New Look at the Communicative Process in Writing

Author: Mr. Edilberto Cruz, Lecturer, ELC

The oft-used term “communicative” received fresh scrutiny in a well-attended workshop entitled “Communicative Strategies in Primary and Intermediate Writing” given by ELC lecturer Mr. Almuhannad Rashid Hamed Albadi on January 29, 2019 at Room 204 of the ACT English Language Centre. 

Mr. Almuhannad shared ideas on writing about personal and common topics, communicative techniques and activities in teaching writing, the process and genre approaches, and other strategies employed in academic writing. 

With the help of eager participants, the speaker also demonstrated how to use methods such as think-pair-share discussion, fluency lines, peer-review, peer-editing and graphic organizers to ensure that writing becomes a communicative and student-centered process. This way, learning autonomy is enhanced and students discover that writing is a continuous process that requires constant revision and drafting. 

Mr. Almuhannad explained that by stimulating the learners’ cognitive ability, they learn how to develop form and create meaningful content in their work. Towards the end, he demonstrated the use of a table of metacognitive reflection as a self-monitoring and reflection mechanism to provide a feed-forward for progress. 

ELC Head of Centre Dr. Nihad Abdallah Mohammed Alzadjali was among those who attended the session. She shared the following insight in a subsequent email to the ELC staff:

“I think many of us took ‘communicative’ to mean pair work and group work. However, through the workshop, Almuhannad demonstrated that opening up a space where students are given the opportunity to talk about their writing as being created/crafted in class would help add more layers and meaning to their writing while simultaneously making their writing more interesting and creative, thus transcending these simplistic ways of viewing writing as a mechanical and lonely process.”

The workshop is part of a series organized by the Staff Development Program to encourage a culture of professional sharing, cooperation and collaboration among ELC lecturers.