Although I can absolutely understand the language learning value of it and IELTS and Academic Writing students sometimes ask me if they can try again, I somehow can’t get myself to ask adult students to write second drafts. It’s probably because I’d refuse to do something so tedious if I was learning a language myself, but there also seems to be something patronising about it and it isn’t an equal homework for everyone as some people will need to do little but some editing.
Something I’ve been trying instead recently is to set a second writing task in which students can use things that they’ve learnt and even whole chunks of text from their first draft. For example, my Academic Writing class were asked to write an online article entitled “How to get published in… journals”, then after feedback the last homework was writing a similar article but comparing the process, style guides etc of at least two different journals in their field. Still just an experiment, but worked okay the few times I’ve tried it so far.
Any similar ideas anyone?