Bringing students' every day literacy practice of texting into the classroom provides regular, low-stakes practice communicating with authentic audiences. In chats about what they are reading and studying, students can practice Composition skills and view models of how others convey ideas through writing. When students with different Primary Languages text chat in English with each other in real-time, research has shown their complexity and sophistication of language use increases.
Learn different ways to use texting in the classroom, such as re-creating dialogue from a piece of literature in everyday language. Texting can also be used to give students time to think about their answers, increasing positive Emotion and bringing more students into discussions.
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See how to set up discussion forums in Google Classroom that allow students to see others' responses and write back, increasing Motivation. Using this free tool, teachers can easily integrate both synchronous and asynchronous written interaction into their students' writing practice.
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