Epale readers are becoming fully aware of the importance of functional literacy as a basis for Adult Learning, but somehow it seems that when we discuss literacy we forget it has to do with two connected skills, reading and writing. We do need to focus on writing, even if, for natural reasons, this skill is not part of tests like PIAAC. Experience shows, however, that it is easier to motivate learners to develop their reading than their writing. Satya Brink, from Canada, has written a blog directed to the learners, explaining why they need to focus on their writing skills.
Writing Skills: Significance Of Writing Skills
There was a time when people used to think that only journalists and digital marketers must have excellent writing skills. But now, thanks to the growing importance of communication, you require effective writing skills in almost every industry and for every job.
Don’t you agree? Think of the reports, sales proposals, marketing copies, user manuals presentations you have to draft regularly as a part of your work responsibilities. And, of course, how can we forget the very first step to applying for a job: a resume or CV.
There’s no doubt that how well you have written your CV decides your future for that job role. A precise, neat, and engaging resume that highlights the milestones of your career, capabilities, and achievements grabs the attention of the recruiter within seconds.
Once you start work, every day at the office starts with writing as we are required to send emails to peers, managers, and clients. And that’s when your writing skills come in handy. So, let’s understand the basics of writing skills.
The importance of writing skills
Written communication is an exceptional characteristic of the human species. Over hundreds of years, writing has helped individuals to inform, collaborate and alert other, while societies benefitted from written history, culture and knowledge. In our time, how you successfully use the gift of writing, depends on you.
Writing is a life skill, not only an essential job-related skill, because it is often the basis upon which others judge your learning, your values, your ideas and your contribution to society. Regardless of your career or occupation, everyone has to write to communicate with others, whether it is a friendly email, a formal business memo, a report, a job application, a press release or a message of condolence. Your writing skills determine if you receive the desired reaction from your reader. Did you inform, persuade, calm or entertain as you hoped? The effectiveness of your communication can affect your daily life and your life course outcomes. So, miscommunication can have serious consequences and unintended effects.
Writing is personal. It represents us when we are absent in space and in time. Writing expresses who we are, even after our life time. It makes our knowledge, our personal aspirations and our work for the future visible to others. Writing is the means to explain our ideas to ourselves and to others while preserving our personal experiences and our memories. No one else can do it for you. In this way, writing connects you with yourself. Writing is not fleeting; it is permanent. It is a record of what you wished to communicate at a point in time.
Writing enables you to reach a much larger audience, in many places and over time. Keep this in mind, if you want an on-line presence. If writing was judiciously planned, thoughtfully written and designed for the intended readers, it lives on in the minds of those who read it. If you are reading this and it made sense to you, it means that the writer directed the message to you.
The Importance of Writing
. Besides, it is also found that there were 60% of the participants answered that they frequently write in English when they were in the working place. As Walsh in Klimova (Klimova, 2012) says, writing is important because it’s used extensively in higher education and in the workplace. Writing can be as supportive as well for gaining career since some of the job projects need English Writing as the means of communication like: business letter, report, cover letter, etc. .
English as international language becomes the bridge between the guests and the host in tourism activities. As the consequence, Indonesia as the country that popular with its tourism potential should prepare its human resource to support the tourism activity for its betterment. One of them is preparing them with English Macro-skill. English macro-skills consist of 4 skills: Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking. This research is aiming at analyzing the needs of English Macro-skills for the Tourism Students of Higher Education. Empirical data in this research were collected through questionnaire. The questionnaire was spread trough 100 tourism students of Ambarrukmo Tourism Institute Yogyakarta whose experience in doing internship period. The result found that one skill is above important than the others, some found that all of them are important, or they should be taught integrated. As the findings show, based on the students’ internship experience and the students’ perspective, those 4 English macro-skills are important but they have different frequency of use in the work place. Reading is the most frequently use since they often deal with short functional text, such as announcements and notice. Then it was followed by listening, writing, and speaking.
. Seseorang yang menyadari serta mampu mengelola metokognisi akan mampu mengatasi permasalahan-permasalahan dalam menulis, mampu menyelesaikan permasalahan tanpa bantuan orang lain, menyadari manfaat dari berbagai strategi yang digunakan dalam menulis, serta menyadari berbagai informasi yang dapat membantu mengembangkan pemikiran dalam tulisan (Ramadhanti, Ghazali, Hasanah, & Harsiati, 2019). Keterampilan menulis perlu dilakukan terus menerus selain untuk meminimalisasi kesalahankesalahan penulisan, menulis juga berguna untuk pengembangan metakognitif dan kesuksesan karir seseorang (Klimova, 2013) . .
Writing research articles has become an absolute obligation for lecturers, researchers, and students to publish their research results. A total of 21 participants attended a scientific article writing workshop and attended an article writing coaching clinic. In addition, a survey was conducted to determine the metacognitive knowledge of the workshop participants in writing articles. An in-depth analysis of the workshop participants’ articles shows the effect of metacognitive knowledge in writing articles. The results of the analysis of the metacognitive knowledge questionnaire showed that the metacognitive knowledge of the workshop participants was high. However, this needs to be supported by frequent practice in writing. To develop metacognitive knowledge in writing articles, several solutions are given, namely: being able to plan writing well and systematically, making small notes when understanding the sources read to facilitate paraphrasing and quotations, and using certain applications to facilitate citations and writing references for avoiding plagiarism. In addition, writing articles continuously and publishing them helps the development of metacognitive knowledge in writing scientific articles.
. Among those essential skills, writing has been identified as one of the key essential skills for humans (Kilimova, 2013). Writing brings a lot of advantages to express one’s personality, foster communication, develop thinking skills, make logical and persuasive arguments, give a person a chance to later reflect on his/her ideas and re-evaluate them, provide and receive feedback and prepare for school and employment ( Klimova, 2013) . Writing is an important and effective skill for self-expression, communication, and information gathering (Grabe & Kaplan, 2014). .
. Writing skills is the ability to express topic/ideas into written form in a structured and comprehensive manner. Writing is important because it’s used extensively in higher education and in the workplace (Klimova, 2012) . Someone who has good writing skills can arrange their words into sentences that are interesting and easy for the reader to understand. .
English has become an international language. Almost every country in the world uses English when communicating. Therefore, it is not a surprising thing that we were expected to be proficient in English. Corresponding to it, children’s education curriculums must have English lessons in it, starting from elementary to university degree, English class is one of the required class. Especially in this current era of globalization, the development of this world is moving faster and more dynamic than the previous era. Starting from free trade to the rise of foreign companies that were established in Indonesia. This makes the use of international languages such as English increasingly important to learn, especially for students. As the most widely spoken language in the world, now, English is becoming increasingly popular in most non-English speaking countries. This essay will discuss about skills that are needed when learning language, to be particular, English. Understanding the definition of each skill in general and the practical use of it will be the purpose of this essay.