Learning ESL writing can be difficult, these ESL writing activities will hopeful make it a bit easier for you.
Learning to write is the hardest of the skills associated with learning English.
If you’ve a friend, you can practice speaking and listening together to other improve those skills and as long as you’ve a dictionary and some time you can improve your reading skills. The more you read the faster you’ll get and the easier you’ll find it. But for writing it’s a bit more difficult. You’ve to practice your writing to get better. But to do this you really need someone to help you, to correct your writing and point out your mistakes. You can help yourself by doing ESL writing and reading together to improve your vocabulary and get better at writing.
The best way to get better at anything is to practice, but it’s also important to have enough variety. To do this you need to do many different tasks and not just write essays all the time. These ESL writing activates will help you do that.
Essay writing can be useful, especially if there’s a wide range of topics to write about, but new tasks will also stimulate you.
I’ll now list some ESL writing activities that you could try to practice your writing. These ESL writing activities aren’t presented in a specific order, just use the ideas that you like and don’t use the other ones. You don’t have to try every idea but try as many as you can as a variety will help you improve.
These ideas are for you to use at home by yourself or with a group of a few friends. If you have any other good ideas let me know (you can add comments at the bottom of the page) and I’ll add them to the site.
This task will help you think creatively and write in a clear and concise way as there isn’t much space for you to fit all the information into.
This one of the ESL writing activities will help you think about and focus on writing speech. This will need less formal language than you’d use in ESL essay writing. Try to make it sound natural. Watch a couple of episodes of the show and try to see how each character speaks in slightly different ways. Try to copy this and make your dialogue sound like that in the program.
This one of the ESL writing activities will help you to listen and write. When doing this, what you write should be basically grammatically correct and the words should’ve been used correctly; so, it’ll help you to see what correct English looks like. This’ll be writing practice without mistakes, hopefully.
One of the hardest parts of practicing ESL writing is finding a reason to write. If you’ve someone waiting to read your writing you’ve a big incentive to do the writing. You can help each other get better at writing. As well as replying to the letter or email you could each offer suggestions on how to improve each others writing.
There’s an English saying, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’. If you’re able to write a thousand words about a picture you’ll have got a lot of good practice. Even if you can only write a hundred words you’ll still have improved your written English. This exercise will help you develop your descriptive vocabulary. If you chose several pictures for this ESL writing activity and each one shows a different subject you’ll quickly expand your English abilities.
I hope that these ESL writing activities suggestions will be able to help you improve your writing ability. If you do any of them please come to the Excellent Proofreading and Writing Facebook page and let me know what you thought and show what you’ve written.
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