It’s the beginning of the new semester. Welcome to the English Writing Class.
Here is the syllabus for our English writing class.
LEARN MANY WORDS
Here is a quick learning exercise that will my students very important.
Look at the words and pictures on this vocabulary worksheet. Your job: learn these 20 words in 90 seconds. Good luck.
NOTES ON KOREAN STUDENT WRITING
Two studies provide useful information about Korean writing and the types of errors that students make. Here is a summary of some of that research.
A study of Korean medical students who wrote letters in English found that:
- 42% writing errors related to the wrong word, mostly because of translation
- 15% writing errors caused by wrong prepositions
- 14% writing errors caused by wrong article
- 6% wrong plural form
- 6% bad subject verb agreement
The study also found no connection between a high TOEIC score and better writing.
A different study of Korean students (1990) found:
- 31% writing errors were word form (verb tense, singular/plural, count/non count)
- 21% bad articles
- 10% word choice
These are useful ideas. But there is one problem with this research. It focused on mistakes that are easy to count, like spelling. The research did not look at two other very important parts of writing: a clear idea and good organization.
Editing sentences and paragraphs a great way to improve your writing. When you fix other people’s mistakes, you learn how to see the errors. This will help you see the errors when you write your own sentences and paragraphs. This writing worksheet has a few paragraphs. Read a paragraph and find the mistakes. Write the new paragraph in your notebook.
This worksheet has one short paragraph. It describes a person’s experience on the subway. The writing gives the reader a good picture of the what we can hear, see and smell in a subway. Read the story. Look closely at the verbs the writer uses to help us understand the place. It is a good example of an old writing rule: don’t tell me about the subway, show me the subway with words. BTW, what are the five human senses?
Now it’s your turn to write. You will write a one paragraph story.
- Choose a place which has many different senses.
- Brainstorm a list of verbs, nouns and adjectives.
- Start writing one paragraph.
- Read, edit and rewrite.
This ESL writing worksheet helps students learn English sentences by practicing a few basic writing tools. By tools, I mean basic sentence patterns to write clear and useful sentences.
Here is an ESL writing worksheet which helps students learn how to use apostrophes in sentences.