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
Appositive? What’s an appositive?
This English lesson helps student learn how to write better sentences by using appositives. The lesson has three parts.
- an explanation of appositives with practice exercises
- an appositive lesson in a pdf
- 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?
- It is an easy way to add details.
- It can change choppy sentences into nice sentences.
TWO KINDS OF APPOSITIVES
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 are Confusing
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.
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:
- Teacher reads the text normal speed – students listen. No writing while reading. After reading give students 3-5 minutes to write notes.
- Teacher reads the same text a second time at normal speed – students listen while reading; 3-5 minutes of note taking after reading.
- Teachers reads a third time. Then, students in small groups reconstruct the whole text from their notes. One person is the writer.
- When time is over, teacher gives students full text. Students self check for accuracy.
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