How do we teach EAL/D students to write in the language they don't yet speak? Often EAL/D students lose confidence in themselves, they resist taking risks with classroom tasks such as independent writing. I developed the Scaffolding Writing Strategy for a remote Indigenous school where the upper Primary Years' students were resistant to taking such a risk. Their English language literacy skills were not high as their oral English was still developing and they were not literate in their first language. These students are from Oral Culturall backgrounds so the purposes for writing were not clear, outside of the teacher wanting them to do it!
The Scaffolding Writing Strategy is best used within the context of a unit of work where the genre and purpose of writing have been taught and modelled. If students havent' been taught how to write in the first place, they are guessing about the practices of another culture.