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How to Grade Essays Meticulously

As I was revisiting textbooks on how to teach writing for academic purposes a few months ago, I realized how much emphasis is on describing and explaining the varieties of essays. However there's very little on pedagogy. I've asked myself, "Should the writing teacher spend more time lecturing, consulting, or marking. Lecturing makes little sense to me as a writing teacher, but many ESL programs set up their writing courses the same as their courses on the other skills. The textbooks I've been reading don't really address this issue at all.


I believe (I wish I had more evidence than my own experience and observations) that the teacher's main role in an EAP writing classroom, if it's necessary to have a classroom, is consulting or tutoring to help the student craft their essay. But how much time should an EAP writing instructor take to mark papers?

I've been noticing more tweets and blog posts about this issue these days, so I wanted to write a snarky b…