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Last week the ESL students had a mid-term exam. Let’s review some of the questions and answers to help them learn English writing.

Part 1. Read the paragraph. The paragraph has 10 mistakes. Circle the mistakes then rewrite the paragraph.

my sisters home on Jefferson Street is terrably noisey every five minutes or so a monster jet takes off from the nearby airport and its screeching makes everyone quiet until it has passes. Then their is the noise from the heavy traffic in front of the house last is the noise from the bulldozing for the new apartment complex in back of my sisters house. My sisters home is a noisy place.

My sister‘s home on Jefferson Street is terribly noisy. Every five minutes or so a monster jet takes off from the nearby airport and its screeching makes everyone quiet until it has passed. Then there is the noise from the heavy traffic in front of the house. Last is the noise from the bulldozing for the new apartment complex in back of my sister‘s house. My sister‘s home is a noisy place.

Part 2. Each question has choppy sentences. Join the sentences to make one or two new sentences. [click to continue…]

Learn English Writing – Appositives

by eslwriter on April 26, 2015

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Learn English Writing – Appositives

 

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Appositive? What’s an appositive?

This English lesson helps student learn how to write better sentences by using appositives. The lesson has three parts.

  1. an explanation of appositives with practice exercises
  2. an appositive lesson in a pdf
  3. a reflective writing exercise with a video prompt that encourages the use of appositives

An appositive is a noun or noun phrase that tells us more about another nearby noun. It looks like a relative clause but there are no words like ‘which, who or that’. Here is an example:

  • Sparky, my first cat, loved to catch mice. (The appositive is my first cat.)

Why use an appositive in your writing?

  1. It is an easy way to add details.
  2. It can change choppy sentences into nice sentences.

TWO KINDS OF APPOSITIVES

1. Important

Must stay in the sentence because it gives meaning. For example:

  • Have you read the novel War and Peace?
  • Have you read the novel?

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Learn English Writing – Articles

by eslwriter on April 12, 2015

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Learn English Writing – Articles are Confusing

 

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Articles are indeed confusing for ESL students learning how to write English stories, essays and reports.

Knowing how to write a sentence with the correct article is a tough job for ESL students. There are so many rules and the rules are confusing.

LEARN WRITING THROUGH PRACTICE

Often, regular, short practice exercises are a good way to help students learn this important writing task.

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Writing in English requires vocabulary fluency

 

Sometimes English composition teachers need to focus ESL student attention on word fluency. That is, the ability to recall words without dictionaries. Thus, teachers need a bag of activities to build and improve student vocabulary power. Here is one of those activities which all ESL teachers should keep in their back pocket.

ESL Dictogloss

This activity combines a variety of skills and doesn’t take much time. It’s called a dictogloss, a kind of dictation that involves note taking, group discussion and focused attention on language.

To begin, all you need is a short text. Perhaps 50 (beginners) to 200 (high intermediate level) words. It should be a passage which the students have read before (e.g. a section from a textbook).

The activity runs like this:

  1. Teacher reads the text normal speed – students listen. No writing while reading. After reading give students 3-5 minutes to write notes.
  2. Teacher reads the same text a second time at normal speed – students listen while reading; 3-5 minutes of note taking after reading.
  3. Teachers reads a third time. Then, students in small groups reconstruct the whole text from their notes. One person is the writer.
  4. When time is over, teacher gives students full text. Students self check for accuracy.

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ESL Writing Lessons: Structure a Paragraph

March 29, 2015 ESL STUFF

ESL Writing Lessons: Structure a Paragraph   This writing activity helps English students learn how to write a well structured paragraph by learning and practicing how to: 1 Write a good topic sentence. This is the first sentence of the paragraph. This sentence tells the reader the main idea. 2 Provide evidence and details to support […]

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Learn English Articles, A Quick review

March 26, 2015 ESL STUFF

Learn English Articles in Writing Class   Learning how to use definite and indefinite articles is not easy for ESL students. There are so many different rules and exceptions.  This quick review might help. It provides a simple explanation for six common rules about A/AN and THE. ESL Writing Activity #1 Click to get the […]

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Learn English Extensive Reading Intro

March 4, 2015 Extensive Reading

Extensive Reading   This is the introduction to an Extensive Reading program for the teacher training program. The overall goal is to help the teachers improve reading fluency and, by extension, language learning through sustained reading and related activities. Week 1 Activities Explain purpose and structure of Extensive Reading. it’s a fun, enjoyable experience it’s not studying […]

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Learn English Vocabulary: Frame Games

February 16, 2015 ESL STUFF

Helping students learn English vocabulary is part of the writing teacher’s job. That’s especially true for young learners. One strategy to help students learn new words is constant exposure. Some experts say students need to see a word at least ten times before they really learn it. Maybe more. Learning English Vocabulary If that’s true, […]

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ESL Writing Exercise: Six Sentences

November 23, 2014 ESL STUFF

SIX SENTENCES Time: 15-25 minutes Level: High beginner + Example: Visit teacher2b.com The Idea This controlled writing activity helps students write clear sentences by focusing their attention on every word. Step 1 Write a six-sentence paragraph with three rules. Do not repeat any word, including contractions and articles. The paragraph must tell a story. The final […]

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ESL Writing Activity: List Poem

November 19, 2014 ESL STUFF
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Here is another writing activity to help ESL students learn English writing. This activity is called List Poem. List Poem Time: 10-20 minutes Level: High beginner + Example: Read Shel Silverstein’s, Sick, a fine list poem. This fun, high interest activity asks students to make a list of things and put them inside a free form […]

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