Proceedings of The International Academic Conference on Teaching, Learning, and Education
Writing with Colors
Learning English as a second language is a challenging endeavor, a strong desire and commitment from the student is needed. Unfortunately, today the importance of proper writing skills has deteriorated with the introduction of social media. These days, people have become sloppy in their writing with the addition of abbreviations such as LOL (laugh out loud) or BFF (best friends forever), to name just two. It has come to the point where the reader must be able to decipher special codes to understand the meaning of a simple message. This paper introduces several techniques using colors to help students improve their writing abilities. By using colors teachers can concentrate on specific language areas, this technique is not limited to any specific level of ability, but can be incorporated into any lesson. Also, students can learn a useful habit, with the use of colors a student will recognize a remember parts of speech based on the color scheme of the writing. Finally, the teacher can recognize weak points of the students and concentrate on those areas. When grading an assignment, the teacher can review and correct work more efficiently and with fewer explanations by looking at the position and colors that were used in the task.
Keywords: language area; grammar; scaffolding; assignment; shortcuts.