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  • - Hi, Bob the Canadian here.

  • Welcome to part three of what I am calling

  • the Why Series for English Learners.

  • If you remember, in part one I talked about

  • why reading was an important thing to do

  • when you're learning the English language.

  • In part two, I talked about why listening

  • is a good thing to do

  • when you're learning the English language.

  • This is part three and it's called Why Write.

  • In this portion of this series I'll talk about

  • why it's important to do writing practice

  • as you're learning the English language.

  • I'll talk about some cool things you can do,

  • I'll talk about ways you can practice your writing,

  • and I'll talk about why writing is important

  • when you're learning this fun and cool language

  • we call English.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Well, hello and welcome to this English lesson

  • where I'm going to talk about why writing

  • is an important thing to do

  • when you're learning the English language.

  • Before we get started though,

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  • just a little bit more English.

  • So writing, it's not always the most exciting thing to do

  • when you're learning a language like English,

  • it can be kind of hard, but it's super important.

  • The first reason I think that writing is really important

  • is that it's one of the few things you do that connects

  • a whole bunch of different things

  • in your body and your mind.

  • When you are writing, especially if you're using a pen,

  • you are physically using your hand,

  • you are thinking about what you want to write,

  • and you are seeing what you're writing with your eyes.

  • This is very powerful when you are learning something.

  • You don't often get to connect your mind, your vision,

  • and your physical ability to write at the same time.

  • And I think that connection

  • helps you remember things better.

  • I think that writing, especially with a pen,

  • I know writing on a computer is fun as well,

  • but I do think writing things out by hand

  • with a pen or pencil is just really cool

  • because of all of the things that it connects

  • and because all the things that you will be doing at once

  • when you're doing it.

  • I think we can all agree that repetition is a great way

  • to memorize things.

  • If you read something more than once,

  • it's easier to remember what you read.

  • If you say something over and over again,

  • it's easier to remember what you've said.

  • If you listen to something repeatedly,

  • it's easier to remember it.

  • But I think writing and repetition when you are writing

  • is the most powerful way to memorize things.

  • I know for myself when I was a kid,

  • when I was in elementary school, we had memory work,

  • we had to memorize things every week.

  • And if I wrote out my memory work 10 times or 20 times,

  • I would then remember it, I would have it memorized.

  • So I do think repetition works with reading

  • and with speaking and with listening,

  • but I think with writing it is exceptionally powerful.

  • If you learn a new word and you write it out 10 times,

  • you will probably remember the meaning of the word,

  • you'll remember how to spell the word,

  • and if you can even add in there

  • writing it out in a sentence,

  • you'll even remember how to use it.

  • So the second thing that I think is awesome about writing

  • is that it is a powerful tool to memorize new things

  • by writing them out more than once.

  • The third thing that I think is awesome about writing

  • is that it's a precursor to speaking,

  • a precursor is something that comes before something else.

  • Speaking in another language like English

  • can be challenging.

  • Writing is similar to speaking

  • except that it is much slower

  • and you can think for longer periods of time

  • before you express yourself.

  • So the third thing that I think is really cool about writing

  • is that it's a way to express yourself in English.

  • But it's a much more relaxing and comfortable

  • and maybe easier way to do it because there's less stress.

  • So the third cool thing about writing,

  • it's an awesome precursor

  • to learning how to speak in English.

  • The fourth thing that's really cool about writing is that

  • you can stop and you can go back and read over

  • what you've written.

  • This is similar to number three,

  • I know where I said writing was a precursor to speaking,

  • but there's something incredibly powerful and cool

  • about the fact that you can express an idea

  • and then you can stop when you're writing,

  • you can go back and read over what you've written,

  • and then you can form new ideas

  • based on what you already wrote.

  • That's very hard to do in a conversation.

  • You can't record your conversation

  • and then say to someone, "Just a minute,

  • "let's pause the conversation

  • "while I listen to what I just said

  • "so I can form my next thought."

  • So there's something really cool about writing

  • in the fact that you can stop,

  • you can read over what you've written,

  • and then you can form more ideas or new ideas

  • to continue your writing.

  • It's just a really cool aspect of writing.

  • One of the things that's unique to writing

  • as opposed to speaking is that

  • you can go back and correct things.

  • Usually when you're writing something,

  • you work on it until it's perfect

  • before anyone else will read it.

  • So when you're writing an email to someone

  • or when you're writing a letter, you can always go back,

  • read over things and make corrections.

  • You can look up words in the dictionary,

  • you can learn how to form better phrases or sentences.

  • You can look at whether you made any spelling mistakes.

  • There's something really cool about the fact that

  • it lets you reflect on what you've written,

  • it lets you find errors in what you've written,

  • and it lets you correct all of those errors

  • before anyone else is going to read it.

  • I know when I write an email in French,

  • I love the fact that I can go back and read over my email

  • and make some corrections before I send it

  • to my French speaking friend.

  • That's something that's really cool about writing.

  • Again, that's very hard to do in a conversation.

  • The sixth thing that's really cool about writing

  • and it's kind of unique to writing is that

  • you can get feedback on what you've written

  • from another person or a computer

  • or a piece of software or a web page.

  • What I mean by that is this,

  • you can write something in English

  • and then you can have someone who is a proficient

  • English speaker, someone who speaks English really well,

  • you can have them read it over for you

  • and give you some suggestions and corrections.

  • You could do this with speaking as well,

  • you could speak and record yourself

  • and then have someone listen to it

  • and give you some feedback.

  • But writing is certainly something where it's very easy

  • to quickly write something, make some corrections yourself,

  • and then send it to someone else to get some feedback

  • or put it into some sort of piece of computer software

  • that will show you if you've made any spelling mistakes

  • or grammar mistakes.

  • So the sixth thing that's really cool and important

  • about writing is it's one of the easiest ways

  • to get feedback on how you're expressing yourself

  • in English.

  • The seventh thing that's really awesome about writing is

  • it allows you to start small and then end up with something

  • that's really big.

  • What I mean by that is this,

  • when you want to write something in English,

  • you can just put some ideas down on a piece of paper,

  • then you can write what we call an outline.

  • You can kind of organize your ideas.