• Covers writing as 'the considered use of language' - valuable both for student practice and for teacher analysis
  • Teaching Writing aims to cover all areas useful for encouraging writing skills appropriate for English B students. This includes ...
  • Links: texts for writing ... lists of texts provided elsewhere in the site which will act as models
  • Developing writing skills ... ways to help students handle the writing process in methodical and effective ways; and... 
  • ... teaching techniques to stimulate lively writing
  • Specific text type skills ... defining each text type in terms of the IB's 'transfer goals', and grouping texts by relative ease and complexity
  • Text type conventions ... a reference page summarising text type conventions
  • Detailed coverage of text types is provided in subordinate pages, with models and recent exam tasks
  • Writing purposes ... adapted from the 'old' Subject Guide, the concept of communicative purposes: models and samples showing how specific writing purposes may be handled

Selected Pages


Text type expectations 22 September 2019

What should we be teaching our students about the text types required under the new Subject Guide (2018, for first assessment...


Text type conventions 2 September 2019

For full coverage of text types related to the new Subject Guide's assessment system, from May 2020, go to the page Text...


Specific text type skills 3 September 2016

By 'specific skills', I wish to define the kind of approach required for each text type, and the kind of language expected....

Narration 22 August 2019

.A succinct definition of key features to be taught is given in Writing purposesOn this page, below:Arguably, the story...

Description 22 August 2019

.A succinct definition of key features to be taught is given in Writing purposesOn this page, below:The essence of writing...

Teaching Writing 17 January 2018

My approach in this site to the teaching of writing is perhaps a little unconventional, and so needs explanation :-Essentially,...

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