Vol. 3 No. 1 (1993)

Writing in Spite of Teachers: Issues in Teaching Writing (Trinidad and Tobago)

Margaret Watts
The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus


  • Writing,
  • Teaching Methods,
  • Secondary School Students,
  • Trinidad and Tobago


After the observation that little teaching of writing is going on in Trinidad and Tobago schools, the article proceeds to discuss why writing should be taught, what we need to know about teaching writing, and how students learn to write. It also explores the writing-reading relationship. Using Ann Raimes' (1991) categories: Form, the writer, the content and the reader, it explores what is and is not done in practice, then considers the implications and makes some recommendations.