Learn Paraphrase Writing

Do you want to improve your essay writing skills?

If yes, learn paraphrasing. It is a skill that will upgrade your writing abilities.

Here is a free six lesson e-course. This self-study course can help you write better sentences, paragraphs and essays. I promise.

Who should take this e-course? Four groups of people. They are ESL students with intermediate to advanced English comprehension who:

  • need better writing skills
  • plan to take a TOEFL or IELTS test
  • want to increase English writing abilities quickly
  • dream of studying in a western university

Learn Writing Skills

This e-course teaches six kinds of paraphrase writing skills. Each skill is taught in a separate lesson posted on eslwriting.org.

Here are the six skills and links to the lessons.

What is Paraphrase Writing?

Paraphrasing is a reading and writing skill. Read a sentence or paragraph and then write the same ideas using your words.

Paraphrasing is not copying. Good paraphrasing shows you understand other people’s ideas and can write them in a way that makes sense to you.

Paraphrasing Helps Essay Writing

Paraphrasing helps build writing skills in many areas. In this e-course, the English lessons will help you to:

  • improve vocabulary power
  • learn different sentence patterns
  • expand knowledge of expressions
  • develop your own writing style

Paraphrase writing is an important reading and writing skill for students in almost every English-speaking country. It’s hard to write a good high school or university essay without paraphrasing skills. Believe me, I know.

Research and Results

I believe paraphrasing is a great writing skill. Other people agree. Here’s an example.

A paraphrasing test was done by the University of Kansas in the United States. Researchers found that students improved reading comprehension after learning paraphrasing skills.

Before learning how to paraphrase, students were given a reading comprehension test. Their test score was 48 percent. After learning how to paraphrase, the reading score went up to 84 percent. That’s a big increase. (Some details about the research are available here.

Download the Worksheets

Read the lessons and try the exercises. Each lesson has a link so you can download the writing worksheets.

A note about printing. The worksheets are formatted for A4 page size (the standard size in Asia). Printing will work on letterhead (the US standard ) but the font might look a little small.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Kate Schneider September 29, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Thanks. I look forward to receiving the lessons

eslwriter October 2, 2010 at 10:56 am

You’re welcome Kate.

I hope you try the lessons and write some of your answers (or your students’ answers) here in the comments section.



Alan November 2, 2011 at 9:31 am

Good Morning Rob

Thanks for providing these resources for free. Just what I’m looking for to prepare a Chinese class of struggling writers for a TOEFL test.

Good karma to you


Martin Meadows December 18, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Teaching in Japan.

BooYoon Choi February 26, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Hi, I am a TOEFL writing teacher in Korea, and I’ve been looking for some paraphrasing resources for my students. I think your worksheets are very well organized and explained. I am wondering if I can use the worksheets provided here in my class. Please let me know. Thank you.

learn how to study April 10, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Awesome article.

Hwang Jangmi June 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Wonderful. Let me know how to download

Elaine June 23, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Wanted to let you know your work is still be used — it’s perfect for TOEFL training!

Thank you for your work!

Nata Nguyen May 16, 2014 at 11:00 am

Hello :D

Ty May 21, 2014 at 2:39 am

Now i am doing thesis for my master degree, but i am not clear how to paraphrase from the original papers or references.Can you tell me more detail about it. thanks in advance.

janette manzano October 12, 2014 at 8:53 am

Hi ESLwriter,

I am doing my student teaching right now and I would like to use some of your worksheet. Can you please let me know how I can obtain some copies? Thank you very much for your help.


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