#InfographicFriday: The Art of Writing a Letter
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on July 07, 2017 in categoryMember Tips

#InfographicFriday is a blog series in which we share an interesting infographic related to adult literacy and education on the first Friday of every month. This month, we are sharing an infographic on the art of writing a letter.  And here’s why:

Writing Keeps the Brain in Motion

Did you know that when you write, you are stimulating a part of your brain called the Reticular Activating System (RAS)? The RAS acts as a filter for everything that you need to process and understand. It is the filter that moves what you’ve learned from your conscious mind to your subconscious mind allowing you to revisit and apply what you have learned at a later time.

Writing is one of the most effective ways of learning and retaining new information, especially when it is a constant, enjoyed habit. It is a type of cognitive processing that takes time to do it well and encourages continuous learning. However, for learners in adult basic education classes, it can take a little extra reinforcement to bring pen to paper.

One way for adult literacy students to apply the writing skills they learn in class, while also enjoying themselves, is through basic letter writing. Remember the age-old activity of pen pal writing? To some,  this might be a dying activity, thanks to social platforms and other forms of technology. To us, it’s an exceptional learning mechanism. 

Basic Letter Writing to Pen Pals Can Pave a Path for Adult Literacy 

You can be any age, nationality, and speak any language to be a pen pal. And the best part is, if you are an adult basic education student or an English language learner (ELL), this is a fun and rewarding way to improve your skills. Having a pen pal not only establishes a connection between two newly acquainted individuals via postal mail, but this practice is often used as an educational tool to practice reading, writing, grammar, and sentence structure, and, depending where your pen pal is at, learn more about different countries and cultures around the world. It is also a good way to teach students the skill of how to write a basic letter. This will be useful as they move on, begin their job searches, and become more independent.

Learning to read and write, especially for ELLs, can be a tremendous hurdle. However, pen pal communication is something an ELL student, and any adult learner, can really enjoy. The added bonus of developing a new connection can make them more inclined to learn and succeed.

The infographic below was developed by Peachtree Playthings.  

Let us know in the comments if you’ll be using the infographic with your students, and if so, how. 

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