Promoting Zadie Smith’s Writing Rules to Encourage and Enhance Learner Autonomy among ESL Learners at the Tertiary Level

Jayapriya Durga

Research Scholar, Department of English, Holy Cross College, (Affiliated to Bharathidasan University), Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu

Dr. K. Suganthi

Assistant Professor, Department of English, Holy Cross College, (Affiliated to Bharathidasan University), Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu

Keywords: Learner autonomy, Zadie Smith, creative writing, critical thinking.


The LSRW skills are part of the everyday classroom along with that of the 21st century. Skills like communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and digital literacy become essential to learners globally. The aim of the paper is an attempt at the methodology of Henri Holec’s Learner autonomy to make learners independent in their learning. It emphasises independent learning to build self-efficacy. The purpose of the study is to make learners independent in learning concerning the writer Zadie Smith’s “Rules for writers” from The Guardian to make the learners autonomous in their writing process. This study explores the 3C’s, creativity, critical thinking and collaboration to enhance the writing skills of ESL learners at the tertiary level to motivate them to become independent learners. This study also focuses on the strategies of classroom activities to enhance creative writing through critical thinking to improve learners’ autonomy.


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