First they listen. Then they read. Then they write. Somewhere along that continuum, depending on the person, speech emerges. Input precedes output.
WE cannot control that process, because it all happens where we can’t go, into their unconscious minds during sleep after large doses of listening and reading output the day before in our classrooms.
On that topic Dana said the following this morning in a comment field, and it says it all in one simple and elegant sentence which I would tattoo on my arm if I were the tattooing sort:
…it will take time for them to become better readers and that means even more time to become better writers….