I’m certain that the student thought I was over reacting or had lost part of my mind due to heatstroke. However, upon our return 6 weeks later, he is still able to recall the 4 pieces of necessary information and put them together cohesively. In addition, considering that I have had two separate pieces of writing from him without paragraphs, the fact he now uses these organisational devices is a huge triumph for us.
We must also consider writing task 2 of the IELTS. The actual writing product is an opinion not fact; and therefore, in my view, is harder to keep concise and on-task. He needs to be straightforward, clear and formulaic at this level of English. After 2 weeks, he is now able to write a full answer to a question.
Our technique has to change day by day. I would simply write one essay until it was perfect before moving to the next one. However, our student has not had to employ as much rigour in test-taking discipline. I cannot enforce my preference onto the student blindly; I must be responsive to his moods and personal preferences.
NEH Director of Studies and Teacher Trainer