English Writing Skills
This article provides you hints, tips and information to improve your English Writing Skills. Practice every hint and tip provided in this article and we guarantee you that your English Writing Skills will improve by at least 100 percent.
First an Introduction
There are many reasons why you might need or want to improve your writing skills in English. Perhaps you need to reply to emails at work in English or take an English language exam, for example, TOEIC, TOEFL or IELTS. Or maybe you need to write essays in English for university, write letters to English friends or relatives or you might want to start writing a blog in English!
At times, the English language may seem a bit daunting – there are so many rules defining grammar, agreement, spelling, etc. (not to mention all the exceptions to the rules!). However, we at Education Gateway know and understand how it can feel to write in an unfamiliar language, and we are here to help you through it.
The writing process is very different for every person, especially with a large variety of different writing forms; these can range from email and text messages to formal reports and essay writing. However, we have come up with a simple recipe to make whatever you are writing a little bit smoother. Whatever the reason is that you need to improve your English writing skills, you will need to work hard. Having good writing skills in English is not something, which is easy to achieve.
English Writing Skills
English writing is thought to be an essential skill for success in the modern global economy. Many experts would go as far to say that without certain knowledge of English reading skills and English writing skills, a career would be somewhat limited if it involves doing business in English-speaking countries at even a basic level.
Therefore, it is recommended that English writing becomes a necessity for any global businessperson who wishes to advance his or her career in the global marketplace. The good news is that while English reading and English speaking are best learnt in either an online forum or an in- class course, English writing can be taught at a pace consistent with your current writing ability.
One method of learning English writing is to study subjects that you enjoy learning about and writing in the style of your favourite authors of those subjects. By writing and rewriting particular passages, words and sentences that make up the work, you will gradually notice and understand particular themes that are often used in English writing. Of course, the best way to learn English writing is together with a good English speaking and reading programme so all three can work together to form the basis of a solid knowledge of the English language.
10 Tips to help you improve your English Writing Skills
Write English every day
This is the most important tip to improve your writing skills in English. Start by thinking of a theme, for example, you could start writing a diary of something that happens to you every day, you can write a few lines of a story each day or you could write emails to your friends in English. This might be difficult at first. The more you continue, the easier it will become and you might even end up to enjoy it!
Ask someone to check your writing
If you’re studying at Education Gateway, you could ask our teachers to check your writing for you. Otherwise, why not ask a friend or relative who speaks English? I’m sure they’d be happy to help! You might even be able to do a writing language exchange – find an English person who is learning your language and write letters or emails to each other (you can write in English and they can write in your language). When you send a reply, you can also send their letter back to them with corrections and they can do the same for you!
Improve your vocabulary
Having a wide range of vocabulary is very important when you’re writing in English. An excellent way to improve your vocabulary is to read as much as possible. If you read books, newspapers or magazines in English, you will learn many new words and common English idioms. Remember to write down the new words and expressions you read and their meanings so you can learn them.
Use a dictionary
You might feel that using a dictionary when you write is ‘cheating’ but think again – it is actually a great way to improve your vocabulary and practise using words and phrases that you’ve heard but haven’t used before. Remember to ask someone to check your writing to make sure you have used the vocabulary correctly.
Check your writing carefully
After you have written something in English, you should always read it again, either straight away or the next day. When you do this, you will probably see a few mistakes that you didn’t notice when you were writing it. Remember to check the spelling, grammar and vocabulary – have you used a particular word many times? Can you think of another way to say it?
Write about different topics
If you write about the same thing every day, you could become very bored and you might end up using the same words and phrases over and over again! It is a good idea to find different topics to write about as this will help to widen your vocabulary and will be much more interesting for you. Writing about something you read in a newspaper or watched on TV is a good starting point.
Do your homework
If you have classes at Education Gateway, your teacher probably gives you writing homework to do. It is really important that you do all your homework as your teacher knows your level of English and will be able to give you good advice on which parts of writing you need to improve most (e.g. vocabulary, spelling, grammar). This is extremely important if you are planning to take an English language exam.
Write to your friends
Do you have friends who speak English (e.g. people you have met in your English classes)? If so, you should definitely practise your writing with them! There are many ways to do this – using social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.), sending emails, writing text messages, chatting on Skype etc. The best thing about writing to people who are also learning English is that you can correct each other’s mistakes!
Write a blog
It doesn’t even matter if no one reads it, but writing a blog is a great way to practice writing in English. Set yourself a goal (e.g. upload one blog article a week) and start writing! The great thing about a blog is you can write about absolutely anything and there’s a chance that you might even help or entertain someone who reads it!
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes!
It’s easy to decide not to do any English writing as you are worried that you will make lots of mistakes. However, the more you write and get your writing corrected, the fewer mistakes you will make!
Hints and Tips on writing Articles and Essays
Decide on the Topic
You must know what you want to write about before you write a single word!
Choose your Thesis
Your thesis is your central idea, your argument, and the reason you are writing altogether.
It is very important to write down this sentence (1-2 sentences is ok!) before you begin. All you write after this point is built upon this very sentence. To clarify your thesis will only help every sentence that follows.
Make an Outline
An outline is probably the greatest tool you can make for yourself. An outline can be your bridge between staring at a blank page and a finished piece; once the outline is finished, writing becomes only crafting sentences around the ideas in your outline.
No matter what you are writing – an email, an essay, or a graduate thesis – making a detailed outline of what you will write will help. You can be as specific as you want:
- Write the central idea of each paragraph first.
- Add the other ideas you want to include next.
- Finally, write a rough copy of what each sentence will belike.
Some people might argue that it is easier to start with the first sentence of your first paragraph, but every person is different. Do what feels comfortable.
Use your outline as a map, and start building sentences around the ideas in the outline. Don’t worry too much about making each sentence perfect yet; it’s more important to get all your ideas on paper at this point.
Edit / Proofread
After you finish your first draft, it is very important to take a step back and review your work. Examine each sentence; check the grammar, the spelling, and the Subject-Verb agreement.
Take a break and look for any other mistakes with a fresh eye – you can sometimes overlook simple errors if you are reading your own work too much! Good luck!!
About Education Gateway
Education Gateway is located next to Chiang Mai University in Thailand’s north; our modern school specializes in corporate English training for the service-provider industry, preparation programs for students to study abroad, as well as general English courses for better communication and Learning Management Systems (LMS). At Education Gateway, we focus on helping you attain proficiency in any English-language environment. Our new, well-equipped classrooms are designed for up to eight students per room. The small size of the groups in spacious classrooms allows teachers and trainers to provide individualized instruction and ensure that students progress satisfactorily. We also offer in-house training in the meeting rooms at your hotel. Our teachers and trainers are flexible, so we can arrange a specific training for your staff outside the office hours.
We offer customized English training for various industries including hospitality, travel, airlines, medical, automotive and manufacturing. Our program is equally suitable for company employees working in general management, secretarial/clerical, customer service, human resources or sales capacities. Both in- house training at your own facilities as well as private training in our classrooms is available.