Top 6 ESL Writing Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)

I am an English teacher in Korea. Over the past decade, I have read hundreds, maybe thousands, of pages of essays, stories and paragraphs by ESL students. After so much reading, I learned a few things about my students and their writing skills.

  • Students never learned how to write in English.
  • Students repeat the same mistakes.
  • Good English writing needs a different kind of thinking.

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Writing the First Paragraph

Does this happen to you?

You have to write an essay but your mind is blank. You look at the computer monitor or white piece of paper. There are no words. You start to panic. You ask yourself, “How can I write this essay?” This is how many students start to write an essay. When the words don’t come out,

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Does Editing Drive You Crazy?

Some of my students make a lot mistakes when they write a paragraph. The mistakes are easy to correct, if you practice how to edit.

When you learn to edit mistakes, your writing will become better. And, the writing will become easier. But like all writing skills, you need to practice editing. You need to see what the mistakes look like.

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