The standards for written language are higher than for spoken language. Written language is one of the primary tools used for assessment in formal education. For all students acquiring basic written skills is important; however, for college bound students it is crucial. Spoken language is easier to learn because spoken language allows for repair when there is a communication breakdown. Written language is less forgiving. When teaching written expression there is a basic process of writing that should be followed:

  1. Follow a basic structure for planning, writing, and revision
  2. Teach essential steps in the writing process
  3. Give feedback based on material taught