ESL writing is a portion of the TESOL curriculum that deals with educating students on the conventions of proper English composition. Writing skills are developed through practice, which familiarizes students with the grammar, spelling, vocabulary and construction of written English. It also involves original composition, which assesses a student’s ability to either retell or create information as a narrative, description or argument. Thus, second language writing brings together rote understanding of English with analysis and development.
As part of the normal curriculum, second-language writing instruction is often conducted by the same TESOL-certified teacher, but the field is now being recognized to embody unique challenges for students and instructors. Thus, specific second-language writing journals and symposiums have come into being.