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.
- Lesson 1: Synonyms. Use words and phrases with a similar meaning.
- Lesson 2: Voice. Change the sentence from active voice to passive.
- Lesson 3: Nominalization. Change nouns to verbs.
- Lesson 4: Conjunctions. Combine two sentence with conjunctions.
- Lesson 5: Clauses. Join two sentence with relative clauses and appositives.
- Lesson 6: Definitions. Replace a word with its meaning.
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.