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Some say "Practice Makes Perfect" but personally, I prefer "Practice Makes Progress". In ESL writing classrooms, teachers can help learners make progress in terms of their ideas and details through sufficient practices. How? What kind of practices to be given so that learners improve their ideas and details? In this write-up, I would like to reinforce OCPD, a strategy to promote relevant and accurate ideas and details in writing.  OCPD was shared in the previous write-up, therefore, if details are needed, please kindly refer to the previous write-up.

OCPD is mainly used for DESCRIPTIVE or NARRATIVE essay questions; the two genres which are favoured by many SPM candidates. I am very positive ESL teachers are aware of the two major issues among some ESL learners when they write; the poor language accuracy and relevance of ideas. Some learners are unable to think critically and fast. As a result, some of their ideas and details are poor; not convincing and irrelevant. To address this issue...

Collaborative learning as we know is not a new approach. It is an educational approach to teaching and learning that involves at least a group of learners working together either to solve a problem, complete a task or create a product. In ESL writing classrooms, I always promote collaborative learning and one of the areas is on the development of ideas among my lower intermediate learners.

All ESL teachers are fully aware of the limitations that lower intermediate or weak learners have especially in terms of language proficiency and ideas. If a writing task is assigned individually, many of the lower intermediate learners will find it challenging. However, if they have to complete the task as a group, it will be much easier for them. Therefore, collaborative learning is employed to allow learners to assist each other to develop ideas.

In certain classrooms where some learners are extremely weak, sufficient examples on how they should complete their task to develop ideas should be given....

The first 5-10 minutes before an essay is written is very crucial as ESL learners have to think critically and decide what is best for them to write. Besides having to think and decide fast, learners must also ensure all the content requirements in the essay are fulfilled. These tasks are indeed demanding and absolutely not all learners are able to fulfil them well. Nonetheless, if given the right coaching and tool, I am positive, most learners will be able to handle the thinking, deciding and planning processes well.

In this write-up, I wish to address the above-mentioned issue by sharing a tool called “OCPD”. “O” stands for “OPTIONS”, “C” for “CHOICE”, “P” for “POINTS” and lastly “D” for “DETAILS”. “OCPD” offers learners crucial questions which they have to ask themselves before writing their essay as a written task or in examination. No doubt, some learners are independent; they are able to think and decide on their own; they are also capable of providing mature and convincing ideas...

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