How does one learn to write? What is included in the “learning process” of writing? Where does your understanding of the “learning process” of writing come from and how might this differ from your peers’ understandings and the origins of those understandings?
Learning to write is not a simple process. The use of well-structured sentences without grammatical, punctuation or spelling errors is not sufficient. There are multiple elements that a writer should consider: diction, cohesion, coherence, the purpose, and the audience. The learning process of writing might include all four skills (reading, listening, speaking, writing) depending on the learning goals. A kid, for instance, learns the native language differently than an adult who learns to write business emails in a foreign language.
There are many ways to learn how to write. Formal learning, in a school or with a tutor and informal learning, when someone writes, for example, a note without having the intention to learn how to write, but then he/she reads it, detects a mistake and corrects it. There is also explicit instruction when a teacher explains various writing strategies and implicit instruction when a native speaker chats with a foreign language speaker who improves his writing by noticing how his interlocutor uses the language. In any case, a positive attitude, the intention to learn, a skilled instructor, a motivating environment and prior knowledge can have a tremendous impact on the learning process and results.
My understanding of the learning process of writing comes from my personal experience as a lifelong learner, from my professional background as a foreign language instructor and my academic experience as a Graduate student. Influenced by all of the above, I might present how I perceive learning to write in a more expository manner, while some of my peers with different personal, professional and academic background may use a more personal or narrative way to express their viewpoint. However, this variation in our understandings and their origins is what helps us practice openness, reflect on what we already know, evaluate it and perhaps enrich it, leading to successful learning.