English writing courses

Writing in English can be a challenge, but with plenty of practice you can improve your English writing skills and feel more comfortable. Your ESL classes will include lessons on grammar, vocabulary, reading, and writing. When writing an email to a friend, memo at work, or a paper at university, you will need to combine all of these skills together. Since all aspects of language can contribute to each other, you might also find that improving your writing skills also improves your speaking and listening skills as you learn new vocabulary and improve your grammar.

Read on for three ways that you can easily practice writing in English.

1. Read as Much as You Can Outside of English Writing Class

Reading is a good way to improve your writing skills. This is because reading in English will increase your exposure to the written language and remind you of words and grammar rules that you learned in class. Even if you don’t know every word, practicing your reading will help you get used to written English. It will also keep English more present in your mind, which will help you think in the language and feel more comfortable writing in English.

You can choose any material to read, such as popular blogs, news articles, movie subtitles, or stories. Sometimes, reading a book that you have already read in your native language can be a good approach. Since you already know the plot, you can still understand the story even if you might not know every word in English.

Reading helps you understand English sentence structure and improves your vocabulary

Reading helps you understand English sentence structure and improves your vocabulary

2. Try Journaling When You Take English Writing Courses

Journaling is a great way to make writing a part of your daily routine. Try journaling in English each day, as additional practice outside of English writing class. Writing about your day (and maybe what you learned in ESL class) is a simple way to practice building sentences and learning new words. If you find writing a bit difficult, your journal is a good place to practice without anyone else watching. This takes the pressure off and lets you experiment and try new things without the fear of being judged.

You can also choose fun topics for your journal. For example, you could write about your fantasy vacation, including food, destinations, activities, and who you would bring with you. Or, you can get creative in your journal and compose poems or write short stories. The benefit of journaling is that you can decide what to write about, so you can make it as fun as possible and make a habit of writing every day.

3. Use Forums to Practice Your Reading and Writing

Once again, reading complements writing. If you have hobbies or interests and enjoy talking about them, online forums are a good way to practice your English. You will get the chance to read messages from a variety of people, giving you samples of different styles of writing in casual English. You may even notice grammatical mistakes because of the less formal tone—which can be a great way to solidify the knowledge you gained from English writing courses. Select forums where you’ll be chatting about something you’re interested in, so that you enjoy writing in English.

You’ll also be able to reply and post on the forum, and perhaps even receive feedback from other users. You can see how other people respond to you and whether or not what you wanted to communicate was clear. Forums can be a free feedback system where you can be bolder with your choices and make mistakes, since the interaction isn’t face-to-face. You may find that you are more confident with writing in a language that you’re still learning when there is a degree of anonymity.

Forums let you interact with a variety of English speakers, and gain feedback on your writing

Forums let you interact with a variety of English speakers, and gain feedback on your writing

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